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

Native Voices

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness was a traveling exhibition that explored the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

The exhibition was developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and was displayed from 2011 to 2015 at the Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. (Learn more about the exhibition.) Through a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the exhibition toured across the country to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries, and special libraries.

Selected sites received:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion

The application period is now closed.

Exhibit Sites

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, toured the exhibition to America's libraries from 2016 to 2020. The 104 organizations listed below were selected to host the traveling exhibit.


Troy University, Troy

Friends of the Homer Library, Homer


University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock


A. T. Still University of the Health Sciences, Mesa

Arizona State University, Tempe

Yuma County Library District, Yuma


Alpine Branch, San Diego County Library, Alpine

Humboldt State University, Arcata

California State University, Bakersfield

California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo

California State University, Fresno

University of Redlands, Redlands

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, Smith River

Springfield College, Tustin

City of Watsonville, Watsonville


University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Fort Lewis College, Durango

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

Ignacio Community Library, Ignacio

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Pueblo City-County Library District-Rawlings Library, Pueblo


Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Medical Library, New Castle


Broward College, Davie


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta


University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo


Kamiah School Dist. 304, Kamiah


Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington

Trinity College of Nursing, Rock Island

Warren Township Public Library, Warren


The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame

Purdue University, West Lafayette

Drake University, Des Moines


Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence

Mid-America All-Indian Center, Inc, Wichita


Laurel County Public Library, London


Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans


University of New England, Biddeford

Colby College Libraries, Waterville


Baltimore County Public Library, Towson


Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Lanse

Northern Michigan University, Marquette


Bemidji State University, Bemidji

Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

University of Minnesota, Morris

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Concordia University, St. Paul

Century College, White Bear Lake


Montana State University Billings Library, Billings

Montana State University, Bozeman

Blackfeet Community College, Browning

Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem

University of Montana, Missoula

Fort Peck Community College, Poplar


University of Nebraska, Lincoln


University of Nevada, Reno

New Mexico

Las Cruces Museum System, Las Cruces

New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas

New York

University at Buffalo, Buffalo

North Carolina

Jackson County Public Library, Sylva

New Hanover Public Library, Wilmington

North Dakota

State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismark

North Dakota State University, Fargo

Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates

Grand Forks Public Library, Grand Forks


Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati


Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Binger

Comanche Nation College, Lawton

Rose State College, Midwest City

Sam Noble Museum, Norman

Sac and Fox Nation, Stroud

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa

University of Oklahoma, Tulsa


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland


William Jeanes Memorial Library, Lafayette Hill

Franklin & Marshall College Library, Lancaster

Saint Francis University, Loretto

Indian Valley Public Library, Telford

South Dakota

South Dakota State University, Brookings

Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls

University of South Dakota, Vermillion


Johnson City Public Library, Johnson City


Tarrant County College District, Arlington

Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries, Commerce

Texas Woman's University, Dallas

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls

San Juan County Library System, Monticello

Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg


Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia

North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles

North Seattle College, Seattle

Clark College, Vancouver


Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College Community Library, Hayward

College of Menominee Nation, Keshena

Gundersen Health System, La Crosse

Oneida Community Library, Onieda

Verona Public Library, Verona


Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne

Fort Washakie School/Community Library, Ft. Washakie