The Growing Indigenous Food Movement


Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef, signing my new copy of his book! 

“Food should taste like place you are
-Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef

Coming Full Circle

As we realize just how unsustainable our American food systems are, people across the map are incorporating Indigenous Foods into their diets. On the surface, Indigenous Food is what grows or lives on the earth around you. But, if you dig in just a bit deeper, you’ll uncover a rich and delicious history of how the Indigenous people of your area used to grow, hunt, preserve and prepare their food.

The use of Indigenous Food is gaining momentum because it inherently comes to the table with many of the values we are looking for in our food:  Delicious + Local + Unique + Healthy + Environmentally Sound. I think we all have much to learn from the ingenious “food-ways” of the people who inhabited the land we now live on- wherever that is.

The Sioux Chef

There is one man at the helm of this movement telling that story with a humble passion that has caught fire across the globe. Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef is making eating the foods that grow and live where you are accessible to us all. He had his ‘aha’ moment when after years as a chef in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he realized there were restaurants that served food from all around the world, but no restaurant that served food native to Minnesota.

This realization lead to his research of ‘pre-colonial’ foods. His searching has been rewarded with a deep understanding of Indigenous people’s food-ways. Sean can weave his passion for 2,000 years of ancestral heritage while simultaneously tackling the modern-day diabetes epidemic and soil regeneration. Yes, this is why people flock to hear him speak!

2/8/2019 9:01:31 AM

Hi Martha, Thanks for reading :-) The plant I have a photo of in the article is cedar, boiling for making a tea, just like you remember. Cedar grows to full trees where I live, in Minnesota, but may have other forms and names around the country. Not sure where you grew up... but I hope you can find the tree. I love the way food links us to our family and our history.

1/29/2019 12:04:20 AM

In this article, there is a picture of what looks to be some sort of pine. Growing up my father made a tea when we were sick from this plant but I have never been able to find out what the name was. It is low growing and spiky pokey needles with what look like juniper berries. He called it Ramamacha, but I have never been able to find anything out about it. I would appreciate any information on this. Thank You very much. Martha P.

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