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Volume 2  March, 2011

Children's book exhibit depicts Native path to diabetes prevention
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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:
Pencil illustrator Patrick Rolo, Wisconsin's Bad River Band of Ojibwe.  Rolo is an acclaimed comic book artist. He's worked on the "Mortal Kombat" and "Iron Man" titles and the "All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z."

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.

According to the CDC, diabetes affects nearly 26,000,000 people in the U.S.  American Indians and Alaska Natives have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Until 1950, diabetes among them was rare.

Diabetes is caused when the body is unable to produce or properly use the hormone, insulin. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death.

"Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children" Tour

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