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Native Voices | Opening Reception & Panel Discussion

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SDSU Briggs Library announces a new exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness on display from April 24 - June 5, 2019.

The public is invited to join the opening celebration of the traveling exhibition "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" at South Dakota State University Briggs Library. "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. Through 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.

A panel of tribal members and health care specialists will discuss the topic of historical trauma based on Lakota history and the modern cumulative health effects at 7 p.m. The panel discussion follows the opening reception which begins at 5 p.m. The reception kicks off with wojapi (a thick berry sauce and traditional Native American dish) and frybread being served. During the reception, attendees are welcomed to view the Native Voices banners and iPads that are part of the exhibit.

A one-hour panel discussion begins at 7 pm, titled "Presence of the Past: How Historical Trauma has Affected Modern Health of the Lakota Community." Speakers include:

  • Bev Stabber Warne, Oglala Sioux, Coordinator/Mentor/ Instructor with the Native American Nursing Education Center at SDSU College of Nursing in Rapid City, SD
  • George Eagleman, Rosebud Sioux, Cultural Coordinator in the Behavioral Health Department of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Health Clinic
  • Nathania Knight, Oglala Lakota, Family and Community Health Associate with SDSU Extension
  • Mary Isaacson, PhD, RN, CHPN®, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at SDSU in Rapid City, SD

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