Native Voices

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness is coming to the Johnson City Public Library December 9. This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Honoring the native tradition of oral history, the exhibition features personal stories from native people across the country. Lisa Williams, Adult Services Librarian, says “We are particularly eager to host Native Voices because of the enduring interest our library patrons express in learning about Cherokee Indian Culture, language, and history.”

Mike Crowe, Cherokee Friends Manager of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, will open the exhibit with an interactive presentation in the Jones Meeting Center at 12:00 PM. Lisa Williams expects that Crowe’s presentation will fit well with the exhibit, saying “this exhibit presents a great opportunity for us to work together with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to present unique learning activities.” Attendees will learn about ceremonial dance, traditional medallion making, and have an introduction to the Cherokee language. This program is free of charge, but registration is required by calling 423-434-4454.

Following Mr. Crowe’s presentation, local herbalist Amanda River Fern Bryant will speak about her personal journey of learning the healing uses of herbs and studying with Native American elders. This presentation will start at 2:00 PM, and is also free, with no registration required.

Native Voices will be on display at the Johnson City Public Library through January 16, 2018. Check the library’s website at for more information and events as they are scheduled.

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