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An interactive exhibition brought to you by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, and Mayo Clinic.


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The Mayo Clinic Libraries are proud to announce that we're partnering with the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association to present a traveling exhibition titled "Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness".

This exhibit 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. Portions of this exhibition can also be viewed online at the NLM.

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In the spirit of reconciliation with the Dakota and all Native American tribes, Mayo Clinic invites you to the opening celebration of Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, an interactive exhibition created by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  The exhibition is sponsored by Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity, The Office of Health Disparities Research, The Celebrate Dakota! MERG and the Mayo Clinic Libraries.

The Opening Celebration was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. on Annenberg Plaza, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN  All are welcome to attend.

Program - Welcome: Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Personal Reflection: Jeff Bolten, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic & Executive Sponsor of Celebrate Dakota! MERG, Traditional Native American Ceremony: Mr. Jerry Dearly, Drum Group: Ain-Dah-Yung Singers, Closing:  Lor Lee, Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Exhibit viewing and light refreshments following the ceremony in Hage Atrium, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

"Nurses and Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World" presented by Dr.Brenda Child from the University of Minnesota.  Sponsored by the Office Of Health Disparities Research and the Celebrate Dakota! MERG. This event was held and open to the public on June 14th from Noon to 1:00 p.m., Mayo 16-01-3W1, Lecture Hall 
Contact Dr. Wes Petersen for more information:  

Associated Resources From NLM

Recent Journal Articles on Native American Traditional Medicine

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Exhibit Dates and Location

Exhibition Dates: June 4th - July 5th,2018  (closed on July 4th)

Location: Hage Atrium of the Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

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