Skip to main content
Close Search

Native concepts of health and illness explored in traveling exhibit

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Briggs Library is pleased to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. The public is invited to view this free exhibit while it is on display at Briggs Library April 24—June 5.

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.

An opening reception will be held at the library on April 25 at 5 pm, with a panel discussion beginning at 7 pm titled "Presence of the Past: How Historical Trauma has Affected Modern Health of the Lakota Community." See for more information. 

Briggs Library was chosen in a competitive application process as one of 104 grant recipients from across the country to host this exhibit. To learn more and view content from Native Voices, visit

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