Yuma, Arizona - On Wednesday, November 16th, the traveling exhibition “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” is opening at the Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive. The public is invited to a special opening reception with light refreshments at 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the exhibit explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media. 

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The “Native Voices” exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawai`i and the Lower 48.

The exhibition will be open to the public during regular library hours from November 16th to December 16th. For more information, contact Veronica Shorr, Fund Development Officer for the Yuma County Library District, at (928) 373-6465.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest library of the health sciences and collections, organizes and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and the public. It celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit the website at www.nlm.nih.gov.