[Pharmwaste] FW: FYI / National Library of Medicine Opens New Interactive Exhibition - Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

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Tue Sep 27 17:32:44 EDT 2011

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Subject: FYI / National Library of Medicine Opens New Interactive Exhibition - Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Library of Medicine (NLM) <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/>
For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 26, 2011

CONTACT: Kathleen Cravedi, National Library of Medicine, 301-496-6308,
<e-mail:Kathleen.Cravedi at nih.gov>

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness first of
its kind

A new exhibition examining concepts of health and medicine among
contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, is
opening at the National Library of Medicine, part of the National
Institutes of Health. Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health
and Illness, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and
cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people,
artwork, objects, and interactive media.

Opening events will be held Oct. 5, 2011 and will include ceremonial
dancing and the blessing of a healing totem pole that was created for
the exhibition and installed in front of the Library. The program will
begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Lister Hill Center
(Building 38A) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. At 11:45 a.m., events
move to the front of the Library (Building 38) for the blessing of the
healing totem pole and the exhibition, and for the exhibition
ribbon-cutting. Native Voices opens to the public Oct. 6.

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native
communities as part of the Library's commitment to make health
information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or
work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with
Native leaders in Alaska, Hawaii and the contiguous United States.

"This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and
establishes a unique collection of information," says Donald A.B.
Lindberg, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine. "We hope
visitors will find Native Voices educational and inspirational, and we
hope Native people will view it with pride. The Library is excited to
open this exhibition, and to do it during our 175th anniversary year."

Topics featured in the exhibition include: Native views of land, food,
community, earth/nature, and spirituality as they relate to Native
health; the relationship between traditional healing and Western
medicine in Native communities; economic and cultural issues that affect
the health of Native communities; efforts by Native communities to
improve health conditions; and the role of Native Americans in military
service and healing support for returning Native veterans.

In addition to the collection of interviews, here are some of the
objects visitors will find in the exhibition:

-- In the lobby of the Library, guiding people into the exhibition, is a
10-foot model of the Hokule'a, a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe
used for long-distance travel. Visitors will learn how the mission of
the Hokule'a  has spurred a Hawaiian cultural and health revival.

-- Inside the exhibition, in a section that explores Native games for
survival, strength and sports, visitors will find a vintage surfboard
and learn about Native Hawaiian sportsman Duke Kahanamoku, who won
Olympic medals in swimming and revived the sport of surfboarding.

-- Ceremonial drums, pipes, and rattles from the Upper Plains Indians
grace a section on healing.

-- A World War II radio is one object that helps tell the story of
Navajo and other American Indian Code Talkers. Visitors will learn about
their service to the country and the ceremonies performed by traditional
healers to help relieve combat-related stress experienced by returning

-- The 20-foot healing totem pole created by master carver Jewell
Praying Wolf James and the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation in
the Pacific Northwest is located in the herb garden in front of the
Library. Visitors will discover the meaning of the stories, symbols and
colors on the totem pole and two benches that accompany it. In the weeks
preceding the exhibition opening, the totem received blessings from a
number of tribes as it was transported across the country to be
permanently installed at the Library. Previous work by carver Jewell
James includes healing totems to honor the victims of the September 11th
attacks. Those totems are now installed in Arrow Park in New York, in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Congressional Cemetery in
Washington, DC.

To make the Native Voices information accessible to people who can't
come to the Library, there is an online version of the exhibition at <
www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices>. The Library hopes to develop a travelling
version consisting of a series of banners with information.

For people interested in Native health issues in general, the Library's
collection of free online information contains material on Native health

-- An American Indian Health portal to issues affecting the health and
well being of American Indians (http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/

-- An Arctic Health website with information on diverse aspects of the
Arctic environment and health of northern peoples (

-- A Native American Health page on MedlinePlus.gov, the Library's
consumer health website

For the media

Please contact Kathy Cravedi (cravedik at mail.nlm.nih.gov and
301-496-6308) or Melanie Modlin (mm3541 at nih.gov and 301-496-7771) at the
National Library of Medicine for access to the following resources
available in advance to members of the media.

-- By-appointment preview tours of the exhibition 10 a.m-4 p.m., Monday,
Oct. 3, 2011.
-- Thumbnails of images from the exhibition.

-- Video of healing totem blessings available upon request.
-- Availability of key NLM staff and individuals associated with the
exhibition for interviews before, during and after the opening event.

The opening program, with captioning, will be available as a live
videocast at <http://videocast.nih.gov/>, and the archived proceedings
can be viewed afterwards.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest library of
the health sciences and collects, organizes and makes available
biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and
the public. It is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2011. For more
information, visit the website at <http://www.nlm.nih.gov>.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical
research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary
federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and
translational medical research, and is investigating the causes,
treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more
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