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 of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nicholas Wahpepah of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board will provide prayers and songs. Marshall Gover, 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 today.
“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.