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Exhibit on Native health will open in Anchorage today

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — A traveling exhibit, “Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness,” will make its way to Anchorage today.

The exhibit will debut at the Dena’ina Center at noon today at a luncheon ceremony featuring the Southcentral Foundation, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the National Congress of American Indians.

The exhibit will remain open for viewing throughout the Conference of the National Congress of American Indians until June 12 and will then open to the general public at the Alaska Native Heritage Center from June 13 through mid-September.

The exhibit examines concepts of medicine among contemporary Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian cultures. It is produced by the National Library of Medicine and explores the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life.

It features artwork, objects, interactive media and interviews with Native people.

The exhibit features several different aspects on the topic of health: “Native views of land, food, community, earth/nature, and spirituality as they relate to Native health; the relationship between traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities; economic and cultural issues that affect the health of Native communities; efforts by Native communities to improve health conditions; and the role of Native Americans in military service and healing support for returning Native veterans.”

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