Midwestern State University’s Moffett
Library has been selected as one of 104 grant recipients across the country to
host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” a
traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
A program launching the six-week
exhibit will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the leisure reading area
of Moffett with opening remarks by MSU’s Interim Provost Dr. James Johnston.
Chris Tall Bear and Nicholas Wahpepah
of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board will provide prayers and songs.
Marshall Gover, former president of the Pawnee Business Council in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and
a member of the Pawnee Nation, and Rear Admiral Kevin Meeks, acting deputy director
of Field Operations for the Indian Health Service and a member of the Chickasaw
Nation, will speak on Native American health topics.
Through print images and
videos, “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. In 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
“We are so pleased to bring
the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Wichita Falls,”
said University Librarian Clara Latham. “We hope the native people in our
community will take pride in the exhibition, and that all visitors will enjoy
learning about these powerful concepts.”
Moffett Library will host the exhibition
through June 7. The library also will receive a $250 programming grant, virtual
training and publicity materials.
“Native Voices: Native
Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” was displayed at the National Library
of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. The NLM, on the campus of
the National Institutes of Health, has been a center of information innovation
since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM
maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic
information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of
times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and
conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and
health information technology.
To learn more and view content
from the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices.
The American Library
Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with
approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and
special libraries. The ALA’s mission is to provide leadership for the
development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and
the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access
to information for all.
The exhibit may be viewed
during regular library hours. Visit https://mwsu.edu/library/hours. Contact Latham at 940-397-4757
or Clara.firstname.lastname@example.org for more