With over a hundred interviews from individuals all across the United States who are from and/or work for Native communities, Native peoples speak in their own voice about health and illness as part of the exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. Since 2011, the National Library of Medicine has displayed this exhibition on site in Bethesda, Maryland, and now the exhibit is making its way across the nation to the NN/LM regional medical libraries. Falk Library, the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region headquarters, will host the exhibit from March 17 to May 31, 2015.
The Native Voices exhibit explores how wellness and illness are interconnected with cultural life through five themes: individual, community, nature, tradition, and healing. The fascinating interviews from Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians can be seen and heard on two iPads at the exhibit site. The exhibit is supplemented by online resources such as K-12 lesson plans and a timeline of events in Native history from antiquity to today.
The Native Voices exhibit is open to the general public on the Falk Library upper floor lounge during regular library hours.