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NLM Seeking Applicants for Traveling Exhibit on Native American Health

The National Library of Medicine, through the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, is seeking applicants to host the traveling exhibit “Native Voices: Native Peoples: Concepts of Health and Illness”. The exhibit focuses on the impact of well-being and illness on the cultural lives of various Native American groups, including Alaskans and Hawaiians. In particular the exhibit will examine the connection between Native American health and attachment to the community and the land. First-hand accounts will track changes in well-being over time, including the effect of disease, the takeover of Native American lands, and restrictions on Native culture.

Academic libraries, public libraries, and special libraries are eligible, in addition to libraries serving Native Americans (such as tribal libraries or libraries at tribal colleges), which are strongly encouraged to apply. Libraries may also partner with Native American organizations to host the exhibit. As many as 104 locations will be chosen to host the exhibit, which will tour from February of 2016 to June of 2020. Each library that is chosen will be allowed to display the exhibit for six weeks, and the library will also receive staff training and a $250 programming grant. The physical exhibit will be supplemented by iPads that have additional background and resources.

The deadline for applying to host the exhibit is Friday, November 6. For more information, including instructions for applying, go here.

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