Karenne Wood

CRRL Hosts Karenne Wood on Native American Social Issues

by | Aug 8, 2016 | Events

By Samantha Thomason, Community Relations Manager, Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Photo by Jessica Elmendorf. Used with permission.

Karenne Wood, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities will speak at Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) Headquarters branch, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

This talk is being held in conjunction with the “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” exhibition, on display at Headquarters Library through August 31.

Dr. Wood will examine American Indian ways of living in sustainable communities, the administration of justice and peacekeeping, the important roles of women in society, and how children were viewed.

She will also analyze how these lifeways were transformed through contact with settlers from Europe, the subsequent disruption of Native traditions, and the emergence of social dysfunction through alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Her talk will address the shocking statistics of missing and murdered Native women in the U.S., and offer some positive solutions for healing the wounds of past and present.

Dr. Wood has previously worked at the National Museum of the American Indian as a researcher, and at the Association on American Indian Affairs as a repatriation specialist. In 2015, she was honored as one of Virginia’s Women in History. She is the author of two poetry collections, “Markings on Earth” (2000) and “Weaving the Boundary” (2016).

The “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” interactive exhibition explores the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans. It was developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in partnership with the American Library Association, which brings this evocative and entertaining experience to libraries across America.

The last event in the month long series is:
Politics, Priests, and Health Among Indians in Colonial Virginia
Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 – 8 p.m.
Dr. Jason Sellers, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, describes life and health for Indians in colonial Virginia.

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