Tradition of Gratitude Posters
The Traditions of Gratitude posters were created to honor traditional wisdom and scientific-evidence using culturally relevant messages that promote health, type 2 diabetes prevention, and diabetes care. Each of the three posters—Standing Tall for 50 Years, Around the Fire, and They Changed the World!!—includes a narrative explaining its history and meaning. The posters are free for you to print. There also is a commercial print file available if you wish to have a larger size professionally printed.
The Standing Tall for 50 Years image celebrates the extraordinary contributions of community health representatives (CHRs) serving tribal communities since 1968. CHRs “stand tall” for their people by providing social, spiritual and physical support; teaching about healthy traditional foods, and promoting the importance of being physically active. CHRs help people to prevent type 2 diabetes and live well with diabetes in their communities.
The Around the Fire image celebrates the tradition of talking circles, an ancient way of gathering groups of people to discuss important issues. The image was inspired by Lorelei DeCora, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Winnebago, Nebraska, and her tireless efforts to bring Diabetes Talking Circles to Indian Country. Reservation communities participated in a study that demonstrated the value of talking circles in promoting hope for people with diabetes.
The They Changed the World! image celebrates the courage and commitment of the American Indian participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). In 2001, the DPP, with 3,234 participants, including 171 American Indians, confirmed that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by adopting a lifestyle of regular physical activity and healthy eating. This image honors the O’odham peoples of Arizona, Gila River, and Salt River who participated in the DPP. Other participants included the Shiprock community of the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo, both located in New Mexico.