A message from the Center’s Summer Intern – Mia Francis (St. Regis
On Monday July 8th, 2013, I had the privilege to
visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine with my fellow Washington Internship for NativeStudents (WINS) interns. Along with a tour of the library and all it has to
offer, we had the opportunity to visit their Native Voices Exhibit. Being able to visit the exhibit with my
fellow WINS interns with all our diverse native backgrounds was an experience I
will never forget. There are so many tribes represented within the displays,
that everyone had a sense of pride to see their tribes displayed in such an
educational and prestigious way.
Whether you happen to be in the area of Bethesda, Maryland
or in the comfort of your own home, you have the opportunity to check out the Native Voices
Exhibit at the U.S. National Library of
Medicine. Native Voices: Native
Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of
wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and
Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and
illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land.
“After of years of work and consultation, I believe that Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and all other citizens have an exhibit to learn and be inspired about the struggles, accomplishments, and the cultural insights of Native communities on health and well-being,” said Dylan Rain Tree, Native Voices Exhibit specialist from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Including over 130 tribes, the Native Voices exhibit
includes research in areas such as community, healing, traditions, nature, and
history. Countless amounts of interviews with different tribal leaders and
tribal members from all over Indian Country can be viewed in full on their website.
Besides exploring diverse issues involving Native Americans, Alaskan Natives
and Native Hawaiians, the exhibit features a timeline of
history and events from Indian country, along with beautiful
art work that tells a story all its own.
The exhibit is open to visitors from 8:30AM to 5:00PM EST
Monday–Friday, except when the Library is closed on federal holidays.
For more information regarding visiting the National Library
of Medicine and the Native Voices Exhibit, please visit their website or call