Diets of local Native Americans will be compared to those of early European settlers in Northwest Indiana at the initial meeting of Calumet Revisited Forums on September 5. via Zoom.
Dr. Ezekiel Flannery, who has a PhD in the sociology of food and nutrition, will discuss these differences at 5 p.m. via Zoom. It will be the opening of Calumet Revisited s 10th year, which is co-sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative and Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Flannery focuses on indigenous sciences, inter-cultural communication and ethnobotany–the study of how particular people from a region use locally available plants. He has conducted research in Mexico, Peru and India as well as Northwest Indiana.
He currently researches written and oral narratives that link plants, food, medicine and spirituality. Ezekiel enjoys cooking and gardening and has a diverse garden of mostly native fruits, vegetables, grains and medicinal plants and trees in Miller, Indiana.
The forums, partially funded by the Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will continue through May.
AWLI is a not-for-profit organization and land trust that seeks to protect and enhance the thousands of acres that comprise the Wolf Lake watershed. For information on all these upcoming Calumet Forums click here.
Remaining speakers invited for the 2023-24 season are as follows:
October 3, 2023: Walter Skiba, professor emeritus in humanities, and Dr. Amy McCormack, president, on the history of Calumet College of St. Joseph, including a tribute to the late Dennis Rittenmeyer, and on the college’s future
November 7, 2023: Dr. Ted Karamanski, professor of history, Loyola University, on Native Americans of the Calumet Region
December 5, 2023: Dave Dabertin, Hammond attorney, on water issues within the Wolf Lake watershed
January 2, 2024: Bill Emerson Jr., Lake County Surveyor, on use of hydrogen to reduce local industry’s carbon footprint
February 6, 2024: Dr. Larry McClellan on research of the Underground Railroad through Illinois and Northwest Indiana
March 5, 2024: Dave Dolak, professor at Columbia College, on the science of instrument making
April 2, 2024: Dr. Christopher Iceman, professor of chemistry, Valparaiso University, on air pollution in the region
May 7, 2024: Dr. Doug Stotz of the Field Museum, on the change in bird populations in the Calumet Region over the years.
Those who wish to volunteer to help with these projects or plan for new ones, should contact AWLI at 219 933-7149. For further information, visit AWLI’s website at www.wolflakeinitiative.org.