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Native voices celebrated at OHSU

CALENDAR ALERT: Traveling exhibit on history, culture of indigenous health at OHSU Library Jan. 23 – March 10



The OHSU Library is hosting a traveling exhibit called Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. Visitors can learn about Native health and its connection to community, the land and spirit through an interactive digital display. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include remarks by university librarian, Kris Alpi, and director of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence, Erik Brodt, M.D.


OHSU Library, third floor, 3280 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, 97239


The exhibit examines health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. It explores the ties between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork and objects.

OHSU’s university archivist, Steve Duckworth, M.L.I.S., says the exhibit dovetails with other work being done at OHSU, particularly by the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence.

“I hope it will help people learn about Native health and how the health of a community is connected to individual health,” says Duckworth. “The exhibit brings attention to an important topic that we [at the library] aren’t normally able to highlight.”

The National Library of Medicine developed and produced the exhibit. Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness is on display at the OHSU Library, 3rd floor, until March 10, 2020.

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