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Devon Mihesuah

Recovering Our Ancestorsí Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness

Recovering Our Ancestorsí Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness
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Published by University of Nebraska Press
June 2005
Forthcoming for summer 2005 publication from Nebraska is Recovering Our Ancestorsí Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness, a book that outlines what foods our ancestors consumed, the level of activity we once engaged in, and an exploration through history to discover what factors have caused unprecedented problems for indigenous peoples such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, and other maladies caused by poor lifestyle choices and environmental pollution. The book offers a section for learning to garden, how to change our eating choices and includes strategies to increase activity levels. The last part is a cookbook featuring recipes with unprocessed foods from my colleagues in US and Canada. Working on oneís diet and activity level are only part of what we should be doing to solve our physical and mental health issues. We need to investigate what our tribes ate, how they cultivated crops, what and how they hunted and fished, how they prepared foods and saved seeds for the future. How can we participate in the preservation of traditional agricultural techniques? What are our tribesí ceremonies associated with food? Becoming aware of our tribesí history, learning our language, engaging our elders, and becoming politically active all contribute towards decolonizing, building pride and shaping our identity as Indigenous people. Improving diets and lifestyles is all a part of the larger picture of empowering our tribes, our communities, our families and ourselves.
Cooking/Foods/Nutrition , Ethnic , Gardening , Health/Medicine , History , How-To , Multicultural
 
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