Native Voices exhibit opens today at library

News Photo by Diane Speer Jessica Luther, development coordinator for Alpena County Library, works on one of the interactive stations featured in a new Native Voices traveling exhibit.

A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, opens today at Alpena County Library. The exhibit examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian people.

Kicking off today’s opening is a program by educators from the Zibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways at 6:30 p.m. at the library. A wide variety of other programming also is scheduled to coincide with the dates of the exhibition display.

Planned programs include:

∫ Today, 6:30 p.m. – Anishinabe Medicine Wheel presented by Zibiwing Center

∫ Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. – “Our Fires Still Burn” screening and filmmaker Q&A with Audrey Geyer

∫ Nov. 9, 7 p.m. – Sun Kissed POV by PBS documentary

∫ Nov. 11, 1 p.m. – People of the Feather documentary screening at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

∫ Nov. 18, 1 p.m. – Anishinabe Women’s Dance Presentation by the Zibiwing Center

The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, 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 during normal library operating hours from today-Nov. 21.

Additionally at NOAA’s visitor center, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, there will be a series of five short films (5-minutes or less) specially made for NOAA’s Science on a Sphere theater.

These films use actual data visualizations from scientists to tell stories about the impacts of climate change. Separately, each film stands alone, focusing on a single area of human impact and features a researcher working in this area. Together, the films tell a bigger story about the human-generated effects of global climate change. The series ends with a look at climate change in the Great Lakes. The visitor center is free and open to the public daily.

Total viewing time for the film series is approximately 24 minutes. The films will be shown in the Science on a Sphere theater at the visitor center on Saturdays during the Native Voices exhibit run at the library, from Oct. 14-Nov. 18. The films will repeat throughout the day, with first showing starting at 10:30 a.m. The NOAA visitor center is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturdays in October and November.

The US National Library of Medicine developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

Programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Alpena Library, Michigan Humanities Council, and the Michigan Center for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For more information, visit or call 356-6188, ext. 25.