Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Native Voices Exhibit
Headquarters, July 20-August 31
This interactive exhibition explores the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

Native Voices Opening Reception
Headquarters, Tuesday, July 26, 7:00–8:00
Yvonne Epps–Giddings, a medical professional working with Native American communities, and John Lightner, Chief of the local Patawomeck Tribe, will give opening remarks. Refreshments. Read more.

Verifying Native American Ancestry Through DNA Testing
Headquarters, Tuesday, August 2, 7:00–8:30
Many Americans have a family story that features the marriage of a Native American into the lineage. Professional genealogist Shannon Combs–Bennett explains how to use DNA testing to explore your ancestry. 
Customers who attended this said, "Loved it!" and "The speaker's passion and knowledge were extensive."

When in Tsenacommacah, Do as the Powhatans
Headquarters, Wednesday, August 3, 7:00–8:00
Author, historical barbecue consultant, Master Certified Barbecue Judge, award–winning BBQ cook, and member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe, Joe Haynes leads us on an exploration of Powhatan culture. Copies of Virginia Barbecue: A History will be available for purchase and book signing.
Customers who attended this said, "Awesome info - wish it were longer than an hour!" and "I loved the stories that brought this to life, and the pictures were fantastic."

Patawomeck Village Reenactment
Headquarters, Saturday, August 6, 9:30-3:30
Rain date: Saturday, August 13
Members of the Patawomeck Tribe take you back in time to explore a longhouse, Indian-style open fire cooking, cornmeal pounding, music, and to meet Pocahontas. Artifacts, crafts, games, and more activities, both inside and outside! All ages. Read more.

Pine: Using Needles, Bark, and Sap for Health and Wellness
Headquarters, Tuesday, August 9, 7:00–8:00
“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.”* Join us for a discussion and demonstration on the uses of pine needles, bark, and sap, some edible and some not! *Wild food proponent Euell Gibbons famously asked this in a Grape-Nuts commercial over 40 years ago.

Walking in This World: Native American Social Issues Yesterday and Today
Headquarters, Thursday, August 11, 7:00-8:00.
Dr. Karenne Wood, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, examines American Indian ways of living in sustainable communities and analyzes how these life ways were transformed through contact with settlers from Europe, the subsequent disruption of Native traditions, and the emergence of social dysfunction.

Politics, Priests, and Health Among Indians in Colonial Virginia
Headquarters, Thursday, August 25, 7:00–8:00.
Dr. Jason Sellers, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, describes life and health for Indians in colonial Virginia.

CRRL Guest Picks: John Chinn "Johnny Mac"
Patawomeck Tribe member Johnny Mac tells us about growing up in White Oak during World War II and shares a list of his favorite books.

Native Peoples' Spirituality and Health
Books exploring American Indian holistic traditions and ethnobotany.

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