Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living
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.
“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) 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 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.
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 Prevention (Division of Diabetes Translation, Native Diabetes Wellness Program, Global Health Odyssey Museum).
* There 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 Library 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 Work
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