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Native Voices: Native People's Concepts of Health and Illness: Home

Exhibit: "Native Voices: Native People's Concepts of Health and Illness" to be held at Cowles Library, Drake University from August 15th - September 25th, 2019.  The exhibit is on the main floor on the West side of the building.  There will also be associated programming occurring in September (see below).

An interactive exhibition that examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawai’ians and features interviews with more than one hundred tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others.

If you have any questions please ask either Claudia Frazer or Priya Shenoy at  Special thanks to the Slay Fund for Social Justice, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine for their funding and support.



Iowa Native Nations’ Health - Dr. Joe Dan Coulter

Reading Room, Cowles Library, Drake University 
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Dr. Joe D. Coulter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, The University of Iowa
Dr. Joe Dan Coulter is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma (federally recognized) and currently active in teaching, research/scholarship, and community service in American Indian/Alaskan Native health.  He has had multiple leadership roles at the state, local, and national level.  Of note, Dr. Coulter was appointed to the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs, State Department of Human Rights.

Ethnobotany & Western Medicine: An evening with Linda Black Elk

Reading Room, Cowles Library, Drake University

Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Linda Black Elk, Ethnobotanist, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Lip balm workshop (Room 201) Linda Black Elk will host a hands-on workshop in which she will instruct participants on how to create a lip balm using traditional knowledge.   
7:00 - 8:30 pm - Presentation (Reading Room)


Linda Black Elk is an Ethnobotanist who currently works in Minnesota for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  She studies Native American medicinal and edible plants as well as prairie restoration and ecology.  Additionally, Linda Black Elk attended the recent protests at Standing Rock against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.  She also had a medical camp at the protest site where she worked with Western-trained physicians to combine Native healing ways and Western medicine.