Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:30am to Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:00pm

The Biomedical Library is pleased to announce the exhibit "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness". This exhibit, on loan from the National Library of Medicine, will be on display in the first floor of the Biomedical Library from February 10 - April 6, 2015. The exhibit is also available online.

This exhibit includes over a hundred video clips of interviews with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who speak in their own voice about their views of health and illness and how these are interconnected with their cultural life and beliefs. Stories examine both past and present and show how the determinants of health are tied to the community, to the land, and to the spirit.

The exhibit includes six panels, each with a different theme: Introduction, Individual, Community, Tradition, Nature, and Healing. There are six iPads with headphones where visitors can view the video clips. The content on each of the iPads is the same. Content includes the following:

  • Native views and definitions of health and illness
  • Native views of the Land, Food, Community, the Earth/Nature, and Spirituality as they relate to Native health and illness
  • Role of traditional healing in Native American culture today
  • Historical role of traditional healing in the context of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian history
  • Relationship of traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities
  • Native stories about the practice of healing
  • Native traditions and activities that promote health and healing
  • Issues of economic development and the impact on health of Native communities
  • Role of Native Americans in military service as an element of pride, honor, sense of tribal health, and commitment to tribe and country
  • Contemporary intergenerational views of Native health including those of Native elders, women, and youth
  • Current work by Native communities and leadership to improve their community and individual health conditions

Please join us on February 24th for a panel discussion of "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts on Health and Illness". The panel of Native scholars will discuss traditional and cultural healing practices, environmental health, and contemporary health care issues and policy.


  • Felicia Hodge, DrPH, (Wailaki) Professor, Schools of Nursing and Public Health
  • Nancy Reifel, DDS, MPH, (Sioux) Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Dan Dickerson, DO, MPH, (Inupiaq) Assistant Research Psychiatrist, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Christine Samuel-Nakamura, PhD, (Dine) Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing
  • Micah Kamoe, MAc, (Hawaiian) Graduate Student, American Indian Studies

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library


Everyone is invited!


Biomedical Library (Louise M. Darling)