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This guide contains event information and resources related to the Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness exhibit.

August 14th - September 25th, 2019, 2nd floor, I.D. Weeks Library Building

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


Credit and Thanks

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition.






Thank you to the South Dakota Humanities Council for its support for the Native Voices Lecture and Discussion Series, and to the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library for providing related Children's Programming.


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Caroline Bates
USD-Sioux Falls


Native Voices Lecture and Discussion Series

Wednesday, August 28 – 7-9 p.m. 2nd Floor, I.D. Weeks Library. Light refreshments beginning at 7 p.m., followed by 7:30 Opening Ceremony and Prayer led by Eugene B. Thin Elk.

Wednesday, September 4 – 7-9 p.m., Farber Hall. Story Telling, led by Dr. Gary Cheeseman 

Wednesday, September 11 – 7-9 p.m., Farber Hall.  Health Care: Crisis at Rosebud. Film and panel discussion led by Damon Leader Charge. “This film explores the serious doctor shortage which existed on the Rosebud Reservation in 1973 and offers some ways of finding a solution.” 

Wednesday, September 18 – 7-9 p.m., Farber Hall. Lecture and Discussion on Historical Trauma, led by Dr. Beth Boyd

September 9 – 13, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library.  Story Times and art projects based on Sherman Alexie’s THUNDER BOY JR..

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