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ERIC Number: EJ1049006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Exploring the Food Environment on the Spirit Lake Reservation
Pattanaik, Swaha; Gold, Abby; McKay, Lacey; Azure, Lane; Larson, Mary
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v26 n2 p32-35 Win 2014
The purpose of this research project was to understand the food environment of the Fort Totten community on the Spirit Lake reservation in east-central North Dakota, as perceived by tribal members and employees at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC). According to a 2010 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the food environment includes the physical presence of food that affects a person's diet, and a connected system of food services within the community that enables procurement of food. This collaborative research project between CCCC and the North Dakota State University Extension Service utilized community-based, participatory research methodology. Participatory research strategies recognize that an outsider can work best in partnership with community representatives who are themselves experts in the research topic. Thus, the methodology enables researchers and community members to positively impact the community through collective identification of healthcare needs (Hergenrather et al., 2009). To gain a greater understanding of the food environment on the Spirit Lake reservation and maximize community participation, this research project employed a technique known as Photovoice, a method which enables people to share the rich contexts of their everyday lives by narrating the stories relating to photographs that they take. The strategy documents the research topic, hence shifting participants from a passive role to that of empowered activists (Thomas & Irwin, 2013). Photovoice is a group process that engages people in telling stories through photography, and builds on the Native tradition of storytelling (Markus, 2012). Photovoice allows those with limited power--due to poverty, language barriers, race/ethnicity, gender, or culture--to use photographs to capture environmental factors that may place them at risk for various health conditions (Findholt et al., 2011; Teti et al., 2013).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota
Grant or Contract Numbers: 2012-39424-19884