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Wednesday, November 1, 2023 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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Throughout the month of November, Native American Heritage Month is observed widely to recognize the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. In fact, contemporary American food culture in New England is indebted to the indigenous people of this region. Before the arrival of Europeans, vegetables and legumes including corn, beans, squash, and pumpkins were planted and harvested seasonally. Blueberries, cranberries, crabapples, fish, shellfish, and deer were foraged and hunted. Stories and celebrations around food aligned with the seasons and brought people together. Many of New England’s most iconic dishes are rooted in Native American traditional cuisine.

Learn more about indigenous New England cuisine from Jordan Clark, Assistant Director at the Harvard University Native American Program. 

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