The University of Arizona

Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living

A Healthy Celebration

Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Free, on the Front Lawn

Come early for the “Just Move It!” 5K fun walk/run. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

This family-friendly health fair bustles with fun activities including:

  • Comic Books
  • Nutrition & Athletic Activities
  • Skateboard Demos by Apache and Navajo Youth
  • Multicultural Performances
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Native Farmers Market & Cooking Demos
  • Dance & Athletic Clinics
  • Nutrition Games
  • Give Aways

Get your healthy living passport for lots of family fun!

Presented in collaboration with
Tucson Indian CenterOpens in a new window

October 15, 2011–January 7, 2012

Presented in collaboration with Tohono O'odham Community Action

This family-friendly exhibition, inspired by a children’s book series of the same name, strives to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes prevention from a Native American perspective. History, culture, and health are explored through objects, photographs, artwork, storytelling, and video. Interactive and hands-on activities encourage healthier living.

Cover of Through the Eyes of the Eagle children's book “Through the Eyes of the Eagle” written by Georgia Perez, illustrated by Patrick Rolo and Lisa A. Fifield*

Prehistoric, historic, and contemporary objects, in addition to photographs, illustrate the diet of Sonoran Desert people over 13,000 years—from Paleo-Indian to Hohokam to Tohono O’odham. A section curated by Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) of Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA)Opens in a new window examines the devastating heath impacts of the loss of traditional food systems and shares current efforts to increase wellness and cultural vitality within the Native community.

Footwear spanning 1,400 years illustrates indigenous traditions of movement and exercise: prehistoric sandals, historic beaded moccasins and running sandals made from tires, contemporary skateboard shoes, and Nike’s ® Air Native trainers are among those included.

Samantha by Ryan Huna Smith Samantha gives a thumbs up for healthy living, from the digital comic book, "It’s Up 2 You!", by Ryan Huna Smith

Original watercolors by Patrick Rolo (Bad River Band of Ojibwe) and Lisa A. Fifield (Oneida Tribe) from the children's books, Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children, are featured centerpieces. In the eagle books, written by Georgia Perez, a wise eagle is the tribal elder, who teaches traditional ways of health that children can remember and retell.*

Another highlight of this exhibit is an exciting new digital comic book created by Ryan Huna Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo). It's Up 2 You! highlights the choices teenagers might make to affect their health and happiness.
Read more about Ryan Huna Smith (PDF* - 3.9M) [Copyright 2011, The New Mexican, with permission].

Videos and hands-on activities, including a Nintendo ® Wii ® skateboard game, round out the visitor experience.

Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children is a traveling exhibition organized by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOpens in a new window (Division of Diabetes Translation, Native Diabetes Wellness Program, Global Health Odyssey Museum).

* Worlds of Words logoThere are four books that make up the Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children series. The original artwork from two of the books are included in ASM's exhibit. The other two are on display in the Worlds of Words LibraryOpens in a new window at the UA College of Education. Be sure to stop by there for a visit.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Pima County Health Department’s Communities Putting Prevention to WorkOpens in a new window

TOCA Tohono O'odham Community ActionArizona Humanities Council logoTucson Indian Center logoTPAC-Kresge logoJohn and Sophie Ottens Foundation logoLet's Move Museum logo


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