State Museum presents "Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating
Healthy Living," a family-friendly exhibit inspired by a children's
book series of the same name to draw attention to the staggering statistics
on obesity and the associated health complications.
The exhibit, which will run Oct. 15 through Jan. 7, raises awareness
about type 2 diabetes prevention from a Native American perspective.
History, culture and health are explored through objects, photographs,
artwork, storytelling and video.
Arizona State Museum plans a healthy celebration timed to coincide
with the theme of the exhibition on Nov. 12 on the front lawn of
the museum. The event includes a free 5K fun walk/run with registration
at 8 a.m., as well as a farmer's market, multicultural performances
and nutritional, dance and athletic clinics taking place from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arizona State Museum worked collaboratively with many units
at the University of Arizona and within the city and county to enhance
the traveling exhibition and to raise obesity awareness with local
Nationally, nearly one-third of adults and children are overweight
or obese a rate that is nearly double among American Indians/Alaskan
Arizona, the numbers also are dramatic, with the U.S. Surgeon General
reporting that the O'odham of southern Arizona have one of the highest
rates of diabetes in the world. In Arizona's overall population,
almost one quarter of are obese, and nearly 18 percent of children
in the state are as well.
"Collaborations have brought a richness to what we are
offering in this exhibit, and I hope will draw a diverse visitorship
to reflect on what we as individuals and as a community can do to
address the critical issue of obesity and the resulting health complications,
such as diabetes," said Lisa Falk, Arizona State Museum director
of education and coordinator of the exhibit's many facets.
The series was 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
Written by Georgia Perez (who served as a Community Health Representative
for 19 years in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico) and illustrated by Patrick
Rolo (Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin) and Lisa A. Fifield (Oneida
Tribe of Wisconsin, Black Bear Clan), the series includes four books:
"Through the Eyes of the Eagle," "Knees Lifted High,"
"Plate Full of Color" and "Tricky Treats."
The books' original watercolor illustrations are part of a national,
traveling exhibit. Arizona State Museum, a center for community
engagement, has enhanced the exhibit with modern and historical
- An original comic book, "It's Up 2 You!," co-created
by Ryan Huna Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo) and Lisa Falk, the museum's
director of education. The book challenges youth about the temptations
of fast food and video gaming and engages them about the benefits
of physical activity and healthy eating in a fun and meaningful
- Prehistoric, historic and contemporary objects, in addition
to photographs, to illustrate the diet of Sonoran Desert people
over 13,000 years from Paleoindian to Hohokam to Tohono
O'odham. A section curated by Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O'odham)
of Tohono O'odham Community Action uses photographs, videos and
objects to share current efforts to revitalize traditional food
practices within his community.
- Footwear spanning 1,400 years illustrate indigenous traditions
of movement and exercise: prehistoric sandals, historic beaded
moccasins and running sandals made from tires, contemporary skateboard
shoes and Nike's ® N7 Air Native trainers are among those
- Videos and hands-on activities, including a Nintendo ®
Wii ® skateboard game, round out the visitor experience.
In addition to being a major feature of the exhibit at the museum,
two of the books are on display as part of the World of Words Library
at the UA College of Education.
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the Eagle Books
The Eagle Books are a series of four childrens books for Native
American children and others interested in healthy living. The books
promote type 2 diabetes prevention and encourage a return to traditional
ways, including physical activity and healthy eating. The series
was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), in collaboration with the
Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Indian Health Service,
in response to the burden of diabetes among Native Americans and
the lack of diabetes prevention materials for children.