NATIVE VOICES: NATIVE PEOPLES’ CONCEPTS OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Exhibit runs Wednesday, April 26th through Wednesday, June 7th in the Gray Matter Area

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness is a traveling exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

The exhibition was developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and was displayed from 2011 to 2015 at the Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Now, through a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the exhibition is touring across the country to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries.

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Code talker Thomas H. Begay and his wife Nonabah Begay, 2010

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

 

 

 

 

Katherine Gottlieb, Alaskan Native

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

 

The Native American powwow became a common activity during the last century. The modern powwow originated when plains tribes formed inter-tribal alliances to share and exchange songs, dances, crafts, food, and tribal culture. Hundreds of powwows are sponsored annually by tribal groups throughout the United States. Powwows can be held on or off tribal lands in urban as well as rural areas, and indoors or outdoors. Some are held at colleges and universities sponsored by Native student organizations. Powwows provide Native participants a place to socialize and express their cultural traditions, and also serve as a source of inter-tribal cultural identity.

 

Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Powwow, Mashpee, Massachusetts, July 2010

Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

 

The healing totem in the National Library of Medicine herb garden began its year-long journey in 2010, with the selection of a downed 500-year-old red cedar by Jewell Praying Wolf James.

Blessing of the tree, 2010

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

 

Ben Young, MD, Native Hawaiian

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

 

 

 

 

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

   

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