(Little Rock)— The Sequoyah National Research Center has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan during its tour of the United States from February 2016 to June 2020. SNRC will also receive a $250 programming grant, virtual training and publicity materials.
“We are so pleased to bring the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Little Rock and the state of Arkansas,” said Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Director. “We hope the community will take advantage of the exciting opportunity to learn about these powerful concepts that affect Native communities today.”
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices.
The exhibition will be at SNRC in June 2017. A schedule of the exhibition and related events at SNRC will be available in the Spring of 2017. Visit ualr.edu/sequoyah for more information.
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