The Field Museum blog: Reinvigorating Indigenous food systems

By Monica Rickert-Bolter
The Field Museum blog

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen (Sean Sherman)For chef Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, cooking with Indigenous foods and repurposing those ingredients goes beyond the paleo diet. Sherman is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation and has spent nearly 30 years delving into pre-contact Native American cooking practices and farming techniques. He has traveled throughout his ancestral homelands to research the migration patterns and histories of Native American tribes to revitalize Indigenous cuisine.

Based in Minneapolis, Sherman works to educate local Native American communities and the larger public on healthy eating habits. In 2015, he and his business partner Dana Thompson (Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota descendant) launched a food truck named Tatanka Truck, which featured dishes such as bison wild rice bowls and cedar and maple tea.

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