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Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Event poster for Native Voices.

The Henry Madden Library Diversity Committee presents an interactive exhibition, and series of events, which examine the concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawai’ians; and features interviews with more than 100 tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators and others. The Native Voices iPad app is also available for download. All local exhibitions and discussions inspired by the efforts of the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association.

Traveling Exhibition

  • September 19 through October 23, 2016
  • Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery in the Henry Madden Library (2nd floor, North Wing)
  • This is a free public exhibition open during normal Library hours.
  • Parking may be restricted. Please visit a campus parking kiosk.

The Henry Madden Library 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.

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.

For exhibition information or for further help, including assistance with disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.2595 or email Julie Moore at jumoore@csufresno.edu.

Public Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

  • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on September 23, 2016
  • Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery in the Henry Madden Library (2nd floor, North Wing)
  • RSVP by Thursday, September 15, 2016 on eRsvp form using "LIBVOICES" or by phone by calling Gregory Megee (559.278.2595).

You are invited to an opening reception for two Native Voices exhibitions, exploring the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans. The opening reception will be begin with a blessing by Mr. Keith Turner at the Native Garden just to the North of the Library in the Peace Garden.

The opening reception will highlight speakers from our community on the topic of Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health, Wellness and Illness, including Dr. Vickie Krenz, Department of Public Health; Ms. Jennifer Ruiz, Executive Director of the Fresno American Indian Health Project and Mr. Keith Turner, Fresno American Indian Health Project, spiritual leader and teacher of traditional culture and spiritual ways. The opening reception (with light refreshments) and exhibition are free and open to the public. Parking is free on the weekends and during the opening reception.

Sponsors for the opening reception are: The Henry Madden Library, Henry Madden Library Diversity Committee, Henry Madden Library Special Collections and Research Center, the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the American Indian Faculty and Staff Association.

For exhibition information or for further help, including assistance with disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.2595 or email Julie Moore at jumoore@csufresno.edu.

Exhibition: Native Voices from the San Joaquin Valley

  • September 23 – December 9, 2016
  • Special Collections Research Center in the Henry Madden Library (4th floor, South Wing)
  • This is a free public exhibition open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; only when the Library building is open.
  • Parking may be restricted. Please visit a campus parking kiosk.

Sponsored by the Henry Madden Library Diversity Committee, this local exhibition of the Native Voices project presents a glimpse into the tribal cultures of the San Joaquin Valley and foothills. The exhibition will feature displays of basketry, foods and medicines, social activities, health resources and educational references and literature. A running slideshow of photographs will also be available.

Co-curated by Carly Tex (Western Mono) and Mandy Marine (Western Mono/Maidu) with Julie Moore and Adam Wallace (Special Collections Research Center).

Bibliography (PDF) compiled by Gregory Megee.

Presentation: “American Indians in Children’s Literature”

  • 6:30 p.m. on October 13, 2016
  • Room 2206 in the Henry Madden Library (2nd floor, North Wing)

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Debbie Reese, an educator, librarian and creator of the blog, “American Indians in Children’s Literature.”

For further help, including assistance with disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.8116 or email Jennifer Crow at jcrow@csufresno.edu.


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