Potential Research Topic

So far this semester, I have been intrigued by the effect of European colonization on Native people’s perception towards their use of crops, agriculture, and eating habits. Obviously, we have seen how native people internalized sentiments of inferiority in relation to colonizers and therefore shifted many of their practices, and I would doubt that this did not also extend to the gastronomy of the indigenous people of Latin America. I would also analyze food and recipes as material culture to see how they have been preserved and/or lost over time.

Therefore, I would pose the question, How did the enforcement of new norms and laws throughout society by European colonizers impact the gastronomy of indigenous Latin American peoples?

1 thought on “Potential Research Topic

  1. Katie Holt

    This is such a great topic! We’ll do some related reading (which you can mine for ideas) when we read another chapter from Bauer on “Contact Goods” in another week. You can pick a geographic area / foodstuff to focus on.


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