Native Voices

Native Voices Traveling Exhibition Opens at the Library

by | Jul 21, 2016 | Events

By Samantha Thomason, Community Relations Manager, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) will host an opening reception for the “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” exhibition from 7 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. Refreshments will be served.

Chief John Lightner of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia will offer opening remarks. Based in Stafford County, the Patawomecks are one of 11 tribes recognized in the state. About 80 percent of the 1,500 tribal members live within 10 miles of the site of their historic village of Patawomeck.

Yvonne Epps-Giddings, a nurse with the Indian Health Service, will speak on the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans. Ms. Epps-Giddings is completing her degree to be a Doctor of Public Health. Although she now lives on a reservation in western Arizona, she is a Virginia native and a member of our neighboring Nottoway Indian Tribe.

The Native Voices interactive exhibition explores the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. 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.

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

CRRL is one of only 104 grant recipients nationwide selected to host this traveling exhibition, which will be on display at Headquarters Library from July 20 – August 31, 2016.

“We are so pleased to bring Native Voices to Fredericksburg,” said CRRL Director Martha Hutzel, “We hope the Native people in our community will take pride in the exhibition and related events, and that all visitors will enjoy learning about these powerful concepts.”

Visit CRRL’s website for information about this exhibition and related classes and events.

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