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In partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the American Library Association Public Programs Office has selected a group of public, academic, special, tribal and tribal college library sites to host national tours of Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness, a banner/iPad exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.Â The exhibition will travel to a total of 104 sites.
The traveling exhibit is made possible through the support of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/.
Native Voices is touring from February 2016 through June 2020. Selected sites will host the exhibit for six weeks. The exhibits require 35 linear feet of space for optimal display. Each site will be awarded a grant of $250 to support public programs related to the exhibits.
The project includes an orientation webinar for the exhibit. Webinars featured presentations about exhibit set up, content, programming and outreach consultation. A recording of the session can be viewed here.
Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness examines how wellness and illness are interconnected with cultural life. Stories drawn from both the past and the present examine how the determinants of health for Native People are tied to community, the land, and spirit. Through personal interviews, Native People describe how individual and community wellness are affected by the political and cultural events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Individual reflections show the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today. Collectively, these stories convey how Native People use both traditional and Western methods to enhance wellness, ultimately presenting an inspiring account of renaissance, recovery, and self-determination.
Native Voices is divided into five distinct themes--Individual, Community, Nature, Tradition and Healing--that touch upon the following topics:
The traveling exhibition comprises six free-standing banners and six iPads with stands. The title banner introduces the exhibition; each of the other five banners focus on one of the main themes. The iPads complement and enhance the banners by providing a robust selection of videos, imagery and personal stories that delve into those themes. Using the iPads, visitors can:
Every iPad delivers the full video content associated with the exhibition.
This handicap accessible traveling exhibition comprises six free-standing banners and six iPad stands and iPads. The exhibit comes with all necessary components, including:
Stools optional but recommended (host-supplied). Pilot testing indicates some visitors appreciate having a stool to use while watching the iPad videos.
The exhibition comes shipped in three custom crates (Height: 70 inches, Width: 30 inches, Depth: 48 inches, Weight: 480 pounds each). Labeling Crate exteriors are numbered (e.g., 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc.). Crate interiors are labeled to indicate the correct placement of each component. Crate interiors are also labeled with instructions required for packing and unpacking. Crate packing instructions are provided. Exhibits will require approximately 3 hours to set up.
The online Site Support Notebook includes programming, publicity, resources and logistics information for the Native Voices exhibit.
American Indian Health, http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/about.html
Over 4 million residents of the United States can claim American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry, in whole or in part. Though far from a homogeneous population, with over 500 tribes, most American Indians are drawn together by core values such as an emphasis on spirituality, recognition of the sacredness of all living things, and respect for the land and the natural world in general. The many American Indian subpopulations are culturally distinctive, diverse, and complex; they are living on nearly 300 reservations in the lower 48 states, and speak more than 300 different languages.
The American Indians' diversity, coupled with their small population groups scattered throughout the United States, has made it difficult to provide a uniform, readily accessible health care system.
American Indian Health web resource sponsored by the National Library of Medicine is designed to bring together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. Links are provided here to an assortment of documents, websites, databases, and other resources.
Much of the information is easy to understand and there are also links to sites with stories of Indian people and their experiences with health problems and ways of wellness. Pre-formulated PubMed/MEDLINE searches are available under different health topics, and they provide links to the latest in medical research involving American Indians. Often it is possible to read entire journal articles.
Health on this website is used in its broadest sense, and includes physical, mental, social/cultural, and environmental aspects. Research encompasses basic, applied, laboratory, and community, as well as research conducted in partnerships with community groups.
All public, academic, special, tribal and tribal college libraries or organizations collaborating with libraries chosen as hosts for a Native Voices exhibit are required to do the following:
Public, academic, special tribal and tribal college libraries, or organizations collaborating with libraries, were selected to host the exhibit between February 2016 and June 2020. A full list of the exhibit sites can be found here. Each host site will receive the following:
Date grants distributed: At the start of the year your site is receiving the exhibit.
Webinars: A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
Date grants distributed: January 7, 2016
Webinars: January 7 and 14, 2016
Final Report Due: 30 days after completion of exhibit display period.
Please log in to your account to see the Pre-Exhibit Report forms, where you can upload your publicity plans, insurance information and submit a Condition Report. You will find the Final Report forms here as well. The Final Report is due 30 days after completion of the exhibit display period.
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