This presentation will define four historic periods in the history of Naive American cuisine. Participants will learn why we eat some foods that are considered to be traditional foods and how they were introduced into our Native communities. You will learn how reclaiming our Ancestral Native American foods can be a key to health and wellness. This initiative is part of a larger food sovereignty movement in which native communities all over the United States have begun to eat the foods their ancestors ate, in essence eating our heritage, and this movement has helped communities return to an ancestral diet that i best suited for our well being. Not only does this return to an Ancestral diet revitalize everything associated the traditional footways we reclaim, but it also revitalizes all of the cultural processes surrounding these foodways.