Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concept of Health and Illness

Project Title
A Traveling Exhibit: Native Voices, Native Peoples' Concept of Health and Illness
College Core Theme
Social Equity
In Process
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Unit Goal

#1 - Learners receive instruction, resources and services that promote the achievement of their academic, personal or professional goals

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February 9th, 2016 - March 16th, 2016

Cannell Library at Clark College 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 the 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, Cannell Library will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan during its tour of the United States from February 2016 to June 2020. Cannell Library will be hosting the exhibit from February 9th, 2016 to March 16th, 2016.

Schedule of Events:

All events are free and open to everyone!

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, February 9th at noon in Cannell Library
Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Sam Robinson (Chinook) will give a blessing and local drummers will perform as well.

Student of Color Luncheon: Tuesday, February 16th at 11:30 am in PUB 161
A coordinated event with Multicultural Student Affairs. The speakers for the event are Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi, creators of the One November Morning exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the Sand Creek Massacre. The DREAM CATCHER Scholarship recipient will also be announced.

Documentary on One November Morning: Friday, February 19 from 2-5 pm in Foster Auditorium
Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. More than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were viciously massacred at Sand Creek, CO. Artists Brent Learned and George Levi will present a documentary about the massacre, speak about the process of creating their exhibit, and hold a discussion. Sponsored by the Native American Culture Club of Clark College.

30 Clicks: Wednesday, February 24th from 12:15-12:45 pm in LIB 103
Learn about the connections between wellness, illness, and cultural life.

Art Walk-Cannell Library, Archer Gallery, Clark County Historical Museum: Friday, March 4 from 5-8 pm
Cannell Library will host a reception beginning at 5 pm, centered around the Native Voices exhibit. Artists from the Woven exhibit will speak at 6 pm in Archer Gallery--Curator Todd Clark (Wailaki) and artists Ka'ila Farrell Smith (Klamath/Modoc),Brittany Britton (Hupa), and Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos).

Woven: The Art of Contemporary Native Basketry
The Woven exhibit examines selected works of twelve contemporary Native artists, each with their own unique and modern approach to the age-old craft of weaving. The works in this exhibit will explore themes ranging from the basket as a beautiful vehicle to confront difficult issues to the use of traditional techniques and materials to express 21st century ideas and influences.

Clark County Historical Museum will be the final stop, with two exhibits open until 8 pm and free admission: 

One November Morning
Descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 have created an exhibit of artwork depicting the day of the massacre. The work of Cheyenne and Arapaho artists Brent Learned and George Levi focuses on the remembrance, honor and strength of their ancestors and leaders.

Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America
Making Beauty explores the richness of Native American artistry from the mid-1800s to contemporary times. Award-winning artists such as Rhonda Holy Bear and Molly Murphy Adams are represented to remind our general audience that Native artists are a vibrant part of our community.  

Closing Ceremony: Wednesday, March 9th at noon in Cannell Library

Exhibit Closes: Wednesday, March 16th
Sam Robinson, a Chinook Tribal Elder, will share photos and speak about the healing journey of canoeing.


Information about the Native Voices exhibit

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native People, Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America's libraries.

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