Traveling Exhibit Highlights Traditional Native American Healing

Dec 14, 2016

A traveling exhibit that examines traditional healing and modern medicine among Native Americans has made its way to Yuma County.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

The Native Voices exhibit at the Yuma County Library consists of 6 door-sized panels.

Each panel is equipped with an iPad and headphones that allow visitors to sort through more than 100 interviews about healing and illness from native people across the country.

Yuma County Library Fund development officer Veronica Shorr said thanks to a grant they were able to bring the exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. 

"We thought It would be a great idea to bring it to Yuma because we sit between two tribes, the Quechan and the Cocopah, so what a better way to bring the exhibit here and show off to the community." Shorr said.

Shorr said she hopes the exhibit will awe visitors as it did for her.

“Alot of their ways of healing that are natural compare to the Mexican way of healing or treating instead of going directly to pharmaceutical medicine," Shorr said. "They used plants, so I thought that was very interesting.”

The exhibit will be on display until December 16 and is scheduled to travel to Bakersfield, California.

Each panel is equipped with an iPad and headphones that allow visitors to search through over a hundred interviews.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez

Native Voices traveling exhibit is showcased at the Yuma County Main Library.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez

Native Voices traveling exhibit explores the concepts of health and illness among Native Americans.
Credit Stephanie Sanchez