Roots, berries, elk and salmon were at the center of traditional food culture for the Coast Salish people of the Pacific Northwest. During colonization these foods were replaced with a diet of a modern and dominant culture that impacted tribal communities today with degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Several tribal communities, such as the Muckleshoot, are utilizing concepts of food sovereignty and reclaiming their food systems in order to collectively focus on the crucial role culture plays in successfully defining healthy food behaviors, revitalizing traditional food systems and increasing the health of the community.

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