Fighting for the Taste Buds of Our Children
Keywords:American Indian Foodways, Nutrition, Indian Boarding Schools, Children’s Food Preferences, Indigenous Food Systems
In this commentary, I focus on the impacts of Indian boarding school food on American Indian foodways and community as a source of acculturation that has a lasting effects even in the present day. From the introduction of specific foods that now make up the modern diet of many American Indian communities, to the generational cycle that begins in utero, the taste buds of American Indian children are still subject to the “American Indian Boarding School experiment” that began in the late 1800s. Only American Indian communities can determine when that experiment stops.
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