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National Exhibition at Downtown Library Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Runs Through February

A national traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, will make its first South Dakota stop January 7 at the Downtown Library in Sioux Falls. The library will host an opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017, and Native American artist Jerry Fogg, whose work is featured in conjunction with the exhibit, will speak. Also featured will be an appearance by a Native group, RHS Drum.  The exhibit will be open through February at 200 North Dakota Avenue.

The interactive exhibition explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. It is made possible by the American Library Association and the National Institute of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Featured are interviews with more than 100 tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others. While beliefs and practices vary — Native peoples are far from a single, homogeneous group — they do share certain values and historical experiences.

Those who attend will hear Native voices speak of individual responsibility, reverence for nature, tradition, and the Great Spirit. The challenges and opportunities of balancing traditional healing practices with Western medicine are also discussed.

Native American concepts of health and wellness have sustained diverse peoples since ancient times. Explore this exhibition and learn how revival and pride in Native ideas among a new generation can help sustain them in the 21st century.

To learn more, contact the Downtown Library at 367-8700.