Recipe Choices for Native American Heritage Month

AARP’s Native Origins page provides a variety of Native American and Alaska Native recipes in celebration of the lives and culture of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.


Emmy-winning chef Loretta Barrett Oden, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma offers a back-to-basics approach to preparing nutritious meals that are easy to make for caregivers and families. Her heart-healthy dishes are sprinkled with native pride.

The Loretta Barrett Oden recipes that are highlighted to celebrate the month, can also be found in the Health Power for Minorities website (1) Food and Fitness Channel, and (2) Native American Channel.

(Additional Native American recipes are provided in both locations.)

In addition to being a noteworthy chef, Loretta Barrett Oden is a food historian, lecturer and ‘Spirit of the Harvest’ columnist in Native Peoples magazine. She began her passionate relationship with food as a small child at the side of her mother, aunts and grandmothers. From that early age, she has been conscious of the powerful connection between food and her Native culture and has spent most of the last 25 years studying, teaching and adapting recipes to preserve the culinary legacy of her upbringing.

Founder of the famed Corn Dance Cafes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a ground-breaking venue dedicated to showcasing the amazing bounty of foods indigenous to the Americas, Oden garnered international acclaim for her innovative menu and contemporary interpretation of centuries-old recipes.

Her Emmy Award winning PBS series, Seasoned With Spirit, A Native Cook’s Journey, was a testament to the fascinating beauty of Native American culture and foodways.

Among many other accolades, Oden serves on the Founding Council of the newly formed Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, along with Winona LaDuke and a number of other Native food leaders from across the country.

See AARP’s  “Celebrating the Native Origins Community

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