Anishinabe culture = historical indig group in cad/us great lakes region that believed that everything is alive. Books and learning are the rocks, mountains, hills. Nomaage = to take direction from it. Minerals = elements that form solid compounds and that are not bound to carbon. Major minerals = required in higher amts from diet. Minor/trace minerals = required in lower amts from diet. We get minerals from the it moving thru the food chain. Bioavailability = availability in food + its tendency to be absorbed and available for use within the body. Presence of one mineral can interfere w absorption of another one. Plants have components that might bind with minerals, making it unavailable to be absorbed. Minerals are found in both plants and animals. Mineral content of plants depends on the soil. Mineral content of animals depends on what they eat. Animal products (esp larger animals) are better source of minerals than plant products.