Dr. Jason Sellers

UMW Professor to Speak on Health Among Indians in Colonial Virginia

by | Aug 19, 2016 | Events

By Samantha Thomason, Community Relations Manager, Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Photo provided by Dr. Jason Sellers.

Dr. Jason Sellers, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington, will present “Priests, Politics, and Health Among Indians in Colonial Virginia” at Headquarters Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

The presentation is in conjunction with the library’s interactive exhibit Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, on display through August 31.

“In many cultures today, politics, religion, and health are different and distinct spheres of a person’s life, with different leaders or experts in each area to whom we turn for advice or guidance,” Sellers said. “However, this was not the case among the native peoples of the Americas. For many Native Americans, politics, religion, and health were intertwined. Religious beliefs influenced political decisions as well as beliefs about health.”

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.

Headquarters Library is located at 1201 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. The event is free and open to the public.

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