Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Native communities are well-known in the Pacific Northwest. Similarly, many aspects of Native culture and wellness traditions have become trendy and popular with those that espouse new-age consciousness. Yet, the realities of Native communities and lives are very different than the contemporary images that come to mind with thoughts of new-age modalities for well-being. In fact, there is a stark contrast for most Native Americans when it comes to individual and community well-being. This presentation will provide an overview of culturally informed trauma, including a characterization of historical/intergenerational trauma and touches on why trauma has become such a dominant narrative for so many Native people and their communities. Seeking also to shift stereotypes and misperceptions of Native people and culture, this presentation will highlight possibilities for libraries as partners and allies in promoting community engagement and wellness by suggesting strength-based programs and interventions emanating from Native cultures, wisdom, and traditions.
This program is presented as part of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo's efforts in the area of wellness and in partnership with the American Indian Library Association.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries, AFL-AILA
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.