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Hungry Planet Opening Day

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Sat., Jan. 28, 2012 | 10 am – 3 pm

The Past, Present and Future of Traditional Native Diets
In 2003 local tribes partnered with the Burke Museum to analyze its archaeological collections and find out what the inhabitants of Puget Sound were eating in the past. Over 280 kinds of plants and animals were identified, indicating a surprisingly varied diet and a healthy alternative to the drastic changes imposed on Native people over the past few generations.

Opening Day programs are included with museum admission; free for Burke members, who are invited to bring up to two guests at no charge to Opening Day activities. No pre-registration required.      

10:30 Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound with Warren King George
Coast Salish people have a highly developed cuisine that expresses cultural values of respect, hospitality, and community. This cuisine has survived environmental degradation and integrated new ingredients, yet maintains values that reflect the land and the people of Puget Sound. Muckleshoot Historian Warren King George will discuss the food culture of the Coast Salish people and the development of Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound, the companion display to the Hungry Planet exhibit.

11:15 “How Archaeologists Know What We Ate” with Bob Kopperl
Animal bones, shells, and plant remains are direct evidence of what we ate over the past 5,000 years. Bob Kopperl, affiliate curator of archaeology at the Burke Museum and senior archaeologist for SWCA Environmental Consultants, will describe how archaeologists analyze collections to give us a glimpse of human diets in Puget Sound almost as far back as the last Ice Age, nearly 10,000 years ago.

1:00 “Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture” with Elise Krohn
The Northwest Indian College launched its Traditional Plants Program in 2009 and joined a surging revival of interest in the traditional diets of indigenous peoples around the world. Elise Krohn, teacher of traditional foods and medicines at NWIC and co-author of Feeding the People Feeding the Spirit, will discuss how the program utilizes research to create a healthier lifestyle for Indian people today to help reduce diabetes. The program will also focus on what the Traditional Plants Program hopes to accomplish in the future, including increasing a sense of pride in traditional culture and improving access to traditional foods.  

2:00 “The Magic of Spices” with Nick Rose
Culinary spices create the distinct flavors associated with the world’s diverse cuisines. These fragrant spices also provide unique health benefits, ranging from reducing inflammation to improving cognitive function. Discover the research confirming the benefits of incorporating spices into your diet, and learn tips to help you bring spice into your life.

Special thanks to PCC Natural Markets for their support of Hungry Planet programs.  

Photo copyright Peter Menzel, 2005.