Celebrate the Blessing of a Healing Totem and its American Journey … You Are Invited!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon; Reception to follow
Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center [MAP]
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) in partnership with the University of Washington Libraries and the Native American Land Conservancy invite you and your friends to celebrate the blessing of a beautiful healing totem crafted by Lummi Indian master carver Jewell James. The NLM commissioned Mr. James to craft the totem in honor of a new exhibition focusing on Native views and definitions of health and illness. Our event at the Seattle Center will launch a series of totem blessings in cities and tribal communities as the totem travels to the Washington, DC area, finally being erected on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Once in its permanent home, it will become a dramatic focal point of the new NLM exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, opening to the public October 6, 2011. (more…)