Community Read: Nuances of American Indian Health: Heart Berries, Tuesdays, June 15 – July 20, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT  

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community read summer 2021 Heart Berries

From left to right: Terese Marie Mailhot and Heart Berries (Photo credit: Institute of American Indian Arts and Counterpoint Press)

Nuances of American Indian Health: Heart Berries

Tuesdays, June 15 – July 20, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT

Registration is Required.

Readings are listed and linked in the Community Read LibGuide

Facilitators include:

  • Franci Lynne Taylor (Choctaw), Director, American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), University of Utah;
  • Samantha Eldridge (Diné), Executive Assistant, Student Development and Inclusion, University of Utah;
  • Jenna Murray (Eastern Shoshone), NIDA Native American Program Research Fellow, Epidemiology Research Branch (ERB), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • Donna R. Eldridge (Diné), Program Manager, Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, School of Medicine, University of Utah;
  • Harold “Chuck” Foster (Diné), American Indian Education Specialist, Title VI Programs, Utah State Board of Education;
  • Heather Tanana (Diné), Assistant Professor (Research) & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

“Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father―an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist―who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.

Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn’t exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.”  – Counterpoint Press

Co-Sponsors:  Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (School of Medicine), American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), Native American Research Internship(NARI), Office of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (UHealth), and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).




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