Children's book exhibit depicts Native path to
Illinois: A exhibit of illustrations from a landmarks series of children's books is on display in Evanston. "Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children" is showing at the Mitchell Museum through May 22, 2011.
"Through the Eyes of the Eagle" are diabetes awareness and prevention books written for Native Youth. However, their teachings and wisdoms are for everyone. The exhibit's 44 original watercolor and gouache illustrations come from storybooks that target Native children ages 4-9.
The tales are modeled on age-old Native storytelling techniques and focus on Native American and animal characters. They explain the ravages of diabetes and encourages Native youth to live a traditional lifestyle. This includes physical activity and healthy eating — practices shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Mitchell visitors can watch animated DVDs of the stories and use interactive materials to learn more. The museum will also display pieces from its own collections such as lacrosse sticks and a powwow dancer's jingle dress.
The author of the "Through the Eyes of the Eagle" series is Georgia Perez. Perez is a community health representative in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico.
Two artists collaborated on the artwork:
Lisa A. Fifield of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin's Black Bear Clan. Fifield is known for her unique color palette. Her art has been shown in numerous museums in the western U.S
The Eagle series was a united effort of the CDC (Center for Diseases Control), Tribal Leaders
Diabetes Committee, and Indian Health Service.
Backgrounds: Robert Kaufman Fabrics: http://www.robertkaufman.com/
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