The Woodlands Wisdom Nutrition Project represents a proactive approach of Tribal Colleges to address food and health concerns of indigenous communities. Befitting the unique mission of Tribal Colleges, Woodlands Wisdom has created a food and nutrition curriculum where local tribal culture and knowledge interfaces with nutrition science principles. A conceptual model of this approach is presented and discussed within a cross-cultural context. Although student outcome data are not yet reported, the model offers several considerations for nutrition educators working within cross-cultural contexts.
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The author wishes to acknowledge the following individuals, each of whom, through their participation, mentoring, and interaction, has contributed to the learning and scholarship reflected in this manuscript: from the Woodlands Wisdom Steering Committee: Pat Gailfus, Holly Youngbear-Tibbetts, Kathleen O’Kelley, Ann Brummel, Leslie Ramczyk, Anna Merritt, Vikki Howard and Michael Price; and from the Woodlands Wisdom Academic Committee: Leslie Peltier, Donald Sweet, Kay Knable, Sunny Johnson, Monica White, and Peggy Hiestand. This work was supported through funding from the following sources: USDA Agricultural Experiment Station Project MIN-54-059, University of Minnesota Extension Service, and USDA IFAFS Project #2001-52102-1177.