WICHITA FALLS, TX - For the next six weeks, Midwestern State University's Moffett Library will feel more like a museum as the traveling exhibit "Native Voices Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" makes residence in the leisure reading area.
MSU was one of six sites selected to host the exhibit that allows visitors to hear the voices of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians tell their stories and express their ideas about health and illness.
Dr. James Johnston, Ph. D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at Midwestern State University said that the exhibit blends Native American views of culture and how they mix or contrast with western models of medicine.
"There are policies, there are events, epidemics, pandemics that have hindered the progression the wellness of native populations. And sometimes have suppressed cultural views on medicine so this exhibit brings to light those things," said Dr. James Johnston, Ph. D.
The exhibit allows viewers to walk through a series of iPads loaded with hours of interviews from various members of Native American tribes discussing their healing and medicine within their own communities.
Members of the Pawnee, Cheyenne, and other tribes were invited to speak during the exhibit's grand opening.
Chris Tall Bear is a proud member of the Cheyenne Nation from western Oklahoma.
Tall Bear believes that as native people he has an obligation to teach who Native Americans are, who they come from, and where they come from otherwise there could be a gap or lack of understanding.
"A lot of us we are very ingrained with our past, the hardships, the struggles that our people went through. But we are also encouraging our children, our grandchildren that are not even here yet to think about the future," said Tall Bear.
You can experience the exhibit for yourself at MSU's Moffett Library during normal operating hours between April 26th- June 7th of this year.
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