Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children
October 3, 2008–January 4, 2009
In partnertnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NMAI presents original illustrations by Patrick Rolo (Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin) and Lisa A. Fifield (Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Black Bear Clan), in an exhibition featuring the original artwork used for the vibrant illustrations in the Eagle Books, a four-book series written by Georgia Perez, a community health representative who lives in Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Indian Health Service, the books foster awareness about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for diabetes prevention. The exhibition reflects the museum's commitment to addressing contemporary Native issues through the arts. "Never before has the museum featured an exhibition that educates visitors about current health issues faced by Native American communities," said NMAI director Kevin Gover (Pawnee). "We believe that Through the Eyes of the Eagle will help bring attention to these alarming health trends."