TCC Southeast’s Judith J. Carrier Library Hosts Traveling Exhibition about Native Concepts of Health and Illness

Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Powwow, Mashpee, Massachusetts, July 2010 Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

ARLINGTON, Texas (July 18, 2017)– After a competitive application process, Tarrant County College Southeast Judith J. Carrier Library, 2100 Southeast Parkway, has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
 
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the library will host the traveling exhibition from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. Special programming has been planned in conjunction with the exhibit.
 
Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.
 
“We are honored to bring Native Voices to TCC and our community,” said Carrier Library Director JoTisha Klemm. “We hope all visitors will gain greater awareness of the powerful themes of the exhibit and programs.”
 
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Md., from 2011 to 2015. The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries. To learn more and view content from the Southeast exhibition, visit http://libguides.tccd.edu/nativevoices
 
A schedule of the exhibition-related events at the Judith J. Carrier Library follow:
 
Event Name: Raptors of North Texas (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will provide a presentation with their education birds about raptors’ adaptations to hunt and exist in woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Their mission is to rehabilitate birds of prey and to educate the public about the importance of these birds and their place in the environment.
 
Event Name:  Peyote and the Politics of Identity: Race and Religion in the Formation of the Native American Church (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description:  Lisa Barnett, Ph.D., Texas Christian University, will discuss issues surrounding the controversial use of peyote as a part of American Indian religious ceremonies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
Event Name: Film Discussion of Reclaiming Our Children: A Story of the Indian Child Welfare Act (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: Prior to the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, Native children were placed in foster care at a much higher rate than any other group in the U.S.  A discussion will follow the viewing of Reclaiming Our Children, a documentary that examines the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the child welfare system, and the laws, policies, and attitudes that affect Native families. Ruthann Geer, TCC instructor of Government, and Sharon Wettengel, TCC assistant professor of Sociology, will moderate the discussion of the film.
 
About Tarrant County College
Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect that provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center. TCC earned the distinction as an Achieving the Dream Leader College during its first year of eligibility and was recertified in 2016.
 
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
 
About the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
 
EVENT CONTACT:
Tracey Minzenmayer
tracey.minzenmayer@tccd.edu
817-515-3388