February 3, 2016
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Dean, Clark Libraries & Academic Success Services
exhibition about Native concepts of health and illness
VANCOUVER, Wash.—Clark College’s Lewis D. Cannell Library has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries from February 2016 to June 2020.
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.
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, Cannell Library will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan from February 9, 2016 to March 16, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A series of events are planned during the exhibition, including:
- Tuesday, February 9, 12 p.m.: Opening ceremony featuring a blessing and local drummers
- Friday, February 19, 2-5 p.m.: Screening of a documentary in conjunction with One November Morning, an exhibit hosted by Clark County Historical Museum that tells the story of the Sand Creek massacre through art.
- Friday, March 4, 5-8 p.m.: Art Walk featuring Cannell Library, Archer Gallery at Clark College, and Clark County Historical Museum
- Wednesday, March 9, 12 p.m.: Closing ceremony
“We are excited to bring to the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to the college, Vancouver and Clark County,” said Michelle Bagley, Dean of Clark Libraries & Academic Success Services. “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.”
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices.
For more information about the exhibit and Cannell Library, visit library.clark.edu.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
About the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
About Clark College
Located in Vancouver’s Central Park and serving up to 14,000 students per quarter, Clark College is Washington State’s largest single-campus, for-credit community college. The college currently offers classes at three satellite locations: one on the Washington State University Vancouver campus; one in the Columbia Tech Center in East Vancouver; and one in the Columbia River Gorge in Bingen, WA. Additionally, its Economic & Community Development program is housed in the Columbia Bank building in downtown Vancouver.