A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, which examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, has opened in Juneau.
The display, produced by the National Library of Medicine, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.
The free exhibition opened in the Sealaska lobby and will be available to the public from 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Monday-Friday through Sept. 7. Sealaska Heritage Institute helped coordinate the event, said SHI President Rosita Worl.
“The exhibition carries an important message that dovetails with our core cultural values exhibit currently in the Walter Soboleff Building across the street,” said Worl. “It especially resonates with our core values Haa Latseen—Our Strength—which relates to strength of mind, body and spirit—and Haa Aaní, which traces our spiritual connection to our land.