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Professor Child will reference this video:

"Women dance in patterns, not in a straight line, to confuse the disease. Healers in the early 20th century, who could be men or women, were valued for their extensive knowledge of plants. Music and medicine coexist in a symbiotic partnership. Because song and dance heal us, art is as necessary as medicine in the worst of times."

Brenda J. Child, "When Art is Medicine." International New York Times, May 29, 2020.

Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) is Northrop Professor and former Chair of the Departments of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is a past president (2017-2018) of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). In 2021, she was the University of Minnesota's recipient of the President's Community Engaged Scholar Award.

Part of AIIS 6010, Fridays 12:25 – 2:20 pm / hosted by Professor Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora)

Co-sponsored by Rural Humanities at Cornell University.

Lectures open to the public. Members of the Cornell community must bring their Cornell ID's. Non-Cornell attendees must provide either proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid-19 test results. For the most up-to-date accepted proof, please visit:

*The lecture will be recorded and posted at:
Please allow up to two weeks after the lecture for video to be published.

Date & Time

November 5, 2021
12:25 pm - 2:20 pm

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Prof. Brenda J. Child, (Red Lake Ojibwe)

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

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