Exhibit to display Native voices

By Josh Robertson/se news editor

SE student David Prieto checks out the interactive Native Voices display in the SE library.

SE Campus will display an exhibit that showcases the difficulties of Native Americans dealing with health and illness.

“Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Exhibition” will be located in the Judith J. Carrier Library until Sept. 27 during library hours.

In this presentation, students will learn how Native Americans, Alaska natives and Native Hawaiians view health and how it connects to community, land and spirit, SE library assistant director Tracey Minzenmayer said. The program is sponsored by the U.S National Library of Medicine.

Three events will also be presented that are associated with the exhibit. The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present “Raptors of North Texas” Sept. 5. This will be an in-depth presentation about raptor adaptations to hunt and exist in woodlands, wetlands and prairies. The center’s mission is to educate the public about the importance of these birds and their place in the environment.

Lisa Barnett of TCU will present on the issues surrounding the controversy over the use of peyote as a part of American Indian religious ceremonies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The final presentation will be a showing of Reclaiming Our Children, a documentary that shows the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the child welfare system and the laws, policies and attitudes that affect Native families. A discussion will follow.