Monday, October 27, 2008

Just in time!

Just in time for today's Native American Tribal Summit, going on here in the Old Library building at OHSU, we have received another fantastic piece of American Indian art!

On Friday morning, Barbara Gaines brought us the peace pipe given to former School of Nursing Dean Carol A. Lindeman. Presented at the 1995 conference of the National League for Nursing, the peace pipe and accompanying headdress were given to Lindeman as she stepped down from the NLN presidency. The items are traditionally given to a leader who must know when to make war and when to make peace--a skill that Lindeman herself exercised numerous times in her career.

Both pieces now enjoy pride of place on the glass display case in the History of Medicine Room, flanking the portrait of Bertha Hallam and (for the time being) looking down on reproductions of da Vinci's anatomical drawings.

Today's Summit is an opportunity for tribal leaders and OHSU faculty and staff to explore ways to work together to advance health care delivery and education and to eliminate health disparities among the state's Native American populations.

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