The Hōkūle’a sits  at the dock of the Potomac River Boat Club, just outside Washington D.C.

A Double-Hulled Canoe Helps Heal a Native Culture

BETHESDA, MD – The return of double-hulled canoes that crossed the Pacific Ocean centuries before international sailing, steam, and motorized ships represents a restoration of Native Hawaiian health and culture, said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, in a speech at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in May. Thompson said one of…

Dr. John Reed stands in front of the Native Voices traveling exhibition.

Native Voices Exhibition Stops in NLM’s Backyard: University of Maryland, Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD – Two lectures about Native American health recently supplemented the Native Voices traveling exhibition at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. “We have found that whenever we arrange additional programming it enhances the experience of the exhibit and people really appreciate it,” said M.J. Tooey, the associate vice…

a group of people stand in front of the totem posing.

Guest blog – Installation of the Healing Totem at NLM

Bethesda, MD (October 2, 2011) – The healing totem was raised in the herb garden in front of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Some clouds and rain did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of the people that gathered to bring the healing totem to its final home. The installation included those who traveled…

Update on installation of the healing totem at NLM – 3

Preparation of the installation site for the totem is proceeding rapidly, and it’s very exciting to see all our plans become literally concrete.  This week workers dug out the hole about 6 feet deep, finding a mysterious shoe in the process.  Next they shaped the hole and placed the reinforcing rebar. Finally, they poured the main concrete…