Native Voices Exhibition Public Reception & Presentations

The Montana State University Library will host a public reception for the traveling exhibition Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.

When:  Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where:  MSU Library, Library Commons – view map

In addition to Native-themed food and beverages, the reception will feature opening remarks by Brian Rossman, associate dean of the MSU Library, followed presentations related to wellness and culture. The presentations take place at 6:00 pm near the CyberDiscovery Wall and include:

  • Connie Chang, Brittany Terese Fasy, Pat Jeffers, and Allison Theobold will co-present Teaching Computer Science with Storytelling,their research on bringing computer science to tribal and rural communities through a drag-and-drop programming environment.
  • Florence Dunkel, associate professor of plant sciences/plant pathology, will discuss her book Incorporating Cultures’ Role in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Sue Higgins, community research associate at MSU’s Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, will present a poster on the center’s work reducing health disparities through community-based participatory research.
  • Linwood Tall Bull, Northern Cheyenne ethnobotanist and Dull Knife College retired history professor, along with MSU students Alisha Bretzman, Debbie Crawford, and Kelsey Peterson, will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session on oral traditions and plant lore.

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. Several iPads accompany Native Voices and will provide an enhanced visitor experience through videos, images and personal stories.

MSU was one of 104 libraries across the country chosen to host the traveling exhibition after a competitive application process. The exhibit is provided by the National Library of Medicine, an arm of the National Institutes of Health. It also coordinates the 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that provides access to health information in towns across the U.S.

For additional information, contact Mary Anne Hansen, professor/Research Commons librarian, 406-994-3162 or A library guide for Native Voices can be found here: