This report explores the traditional foods movement through the lenses of three traditional foods programs: the Ramah Navajo Community, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Tohono O’odham Nation. These stories were originally gathered by the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute (Wesner, 2012), to be featured on the organization’s Wellness in Native America blog. The programs in this report were interviewed along with three other tribally-supported traditional foods programs from the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. While each of these programs is unique and diverse, they share in common the Traditional Foods Program, an initiative supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP). Although the author is currently working with the NDWP on a compendium of traditional foods stories, the stories in this report were compiled prior to this partnership.
Native Diabetes Wellness Program. (2014). Good Food is Power: A collection of traditional foods stories from the Ramah Navajo Community, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation. Native Diabetes Wellness Program. Native Diabetes Wellness Program, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Atlanta, Georgia. Paper. (https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/ndwp/pdf/part_ii_good_food_is_power-508.pdf, accessed May 16, 2023)