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NIH Public Bulletin – November 2011

“Native Voices” Presents Native Concepts of Health and Illness

Format: Exhibition
Where: Building 38, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Institute: National Library of Medicine (NLM)

NLM recently opened a new interactive exhibition called "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness." This first-of-its-kind show examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

"Native Voices" explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of artwork, objects, interactive media, and interviews with Native people.

NLM has a history of working with Native communities as part of its commitment to making 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.

Next Steps

You can learn more about "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" or book a tour of the exhibition at www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices. The exhibition will begin a national tour at a future date.

This page last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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