By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library planned to exhibit at three central Illinois pow wows beginning with the 8th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak event at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, and the 20th Annual Bison Grounds Blessing and Pow Wow at Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois. Unfortunately, due to flooding near Taylorville, the Black Horse Pow Wow was not attended this year, although we have been invited to the 9th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow.
The 4 Directions Healing Foundation, based out of Chillicothe, Illinois, is a Native American charitable and educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization primarily of American Indian people with diverse tribal backgrounds that sponsored the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak on Aug. 24. A marker to honor Potawatomi Chief Gomo at Shore Acres Park was dedicated by the French Heritage Corridor, Illinois State Historical Society, and Dickson Mounds Museum. Traditional Native storytelling, drum/dance demonstrations, and hands-on Pimiteoui cultural activities followed the dedication ceremony.
Native Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness, a free iPad app from the National Library of Medicine was shared on an iPad 3. American Indian Health Information, MedlinePlus consumer health information, and NIH Senior Health pamphlets, bookmarks, and pens were distributed from our exhibit booth.
Seven Circles Heritage Center sponsored a blessing ceremony for the bison with their co-sponsor Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10am. Two days of native American dancing drumming and singing followed the ceremony. The link below provides more details about the Pow Wow. http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/pow-wow/ Pottery and doll making skills were among the traditional activities displayed at this event. Staff from the Wildlife Prairie Park gave talks about some of the wild residents living at the park such as the bison, elk, wolves, and a bald eagle.