Native Voices Traveling Exhibition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Love Library
January 31-March 12

Vision Maker Media, in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries, introduces 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. The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.

The exhibition will be open to the public in Love Library South 2nd floor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus from January 31-March 12, 2020. A special opening event will take place Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Love Library South Peterson Room (LS 221). Dr. Siobhan Wescott, Assistant Director of Indians into Medicine (INMED), at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, will present “How Do You Find Research on Native Americans? Untangling the Confusing Search Terms and Identifying Gaps in the Research.” Reception to follow. 

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawaii and the Lower 48. 

“We hope that visitors in communities across the country will learn from the ideas, practices, and traditions shared here,” says Betsy L. Humphreys, acting director of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope, too, that those who host the exhibition will enrich it by including additional content and programs that reflect their local Native culture and history.”

“This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and establishes a unique collection of information,” says Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director emeritus of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope visitors will find Native Voices both educational and inspirational, and we hope Native people will view it with pride.” 

About the traveling exhibition

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The traveling exhibition features interviews and works from Native people living on reservations, in tribal villages, and in cities. Topics include: 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. If you are unable to attend an online version of the Native Voices exhibit is available at