September 2 – 20, 2019
September 21, 2019 – May 1, 2020
“Today we are again evaluating the changing winds. May we be strong in spirit and equal to our father of another day in reading the signs accurately, and interpreting them wisely.”
National Congress of American Indian, 1960s
Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to public health. Aligning good health and wellness with the traditional ways of knowing is at the forefront of culture, language, and practices across American Indian and Alaska Native communities—both rural and urban.
Changing Winds demonstrates how tribal nations are addressing modern day challenges for good health and wellness while using traditional knowledge and practices for public health. Its stories provide a glimpse into the diverse cultures and continuing challenges affecting tribal communities across the U.S.
The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives is a complex challenge. However, with cultural practices and traditional teachings along with modern solutions, the future is bright for American Indians and Alaska Natives and their continuing story in our nation’s history. Learning from our elders and applying their wisdom is essential to “reading the signs accurately, and interpreting them wisely.”
Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country is organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication; the Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support; and the Healthy Tribes Program, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Navajo family, Chinle, Arizona, 2019. Photograph by Kiliii Yuran
September 21, 2019 – May 1, 2020
Overcoming centuries of environmental and cultural challenges can make for unexpected partnerships that result in extraordinary outcomes. In Roots of Wisdom, stories from four indigenous communities are brought to life in real-world examples of how traditional knowledge and cutting-edge Western science can be blended together to provide complementary solutions to contemporary concerns.
From restoring ecosystems to rediscovering traditional foods and crafts, Roots of Wisdom invites guests to understand the important issues that indigenous cultures face, discover innovative ways native peoples are problem-solving and contributing to the growing movement towards sustainability and the reclamation of age-old practices.
Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The exhibition was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation.
In Atlanta, Roots of Wisdom is sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication and the Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.
May 4-22, 2020
Opening June 2020
Organized by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History surveys the historical significance of influenza spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. Using visuals, artifacts, and media, Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History will provide a historical examination of the global sociocultural impact of the influenza virus, as well as the work of CDC and its worldwide partners to prevent and control the disease. The exhibition opens with an overlook of the critical scientific concepts that will help museum visitors better comprehend the scientific complexities that contribute to the virus as a near constant public health problem.
After establishing relevant scientific concepts, the exhibition will offer a comprehensive cultural historical overview of the influenza pandemics that occurred throughout the 20th and 21st century, beginning with the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Global influenza surveillance systems, vaccine development, influenza research, pandemic preparedness, and public health campaigns are featured alongside historical content, framed by the ongoing work of CDC since its founding in 1946. Finally, the exhibition will examine how influenza has impacted cultural memories, particularly in the United States. Visitors will leave the CDC Museum with an enriched understanding of how influenza shapes and is shaped by scientific advances and the larger global culture.