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With cultural differences constantly present, our group has learned so much about the history and culture of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Over the weekend, we traveled 2 hours south of our home base to an annual traditional powwow. Members of the Sioux tribe from all over the Midwest and Canada were present. Dances and songs were performed, including a tribute to the community of Native American armed forces veterans.
A local family has opened their home to me for the duration of our time here. I have enjoyed getting to know this family, their stories, and the challenges they face. Living with a family and spending time in their home has provided me with a glimpse of their place in time and within this country.
As a student and academic who is greatly interested in cultural differences and similarities, the experiences I have had have been nothing short of eye-opening. With as much preparation, reading and researching as you can do, you’re never really ready for that cultural shift, even within your own country.
- Claire Kirchoff, doctoral candidate, Curry School of Education
The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty.
Photo Credit: CGH Scholar, Melissa Mallory, South Africa
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country that is filled with amazing and wonderful people. Unfortunately, many people die every year as a result of type 2 diabetes. Learning more about the resources available to Dominican's is important to addressing the chronic disease that affects the lives of many people in the Dominican Republic.
Photo Credit: 2016 Glenn and Susan Brace CGH Scholar, Eliza Campbell in Rwanda
Extreme climate meets an extreme culture in the village of Minto, Alaska. Here, health depends upon meeting basic needs of shelter to survive the cold. This picture was taken in September when I traveled through Alaska documenting the Northern villages and collecting data on climatic conditions in hopes of finding a solution that mediates the radical cold and native culture in the built environment. The spray foam insulation in an old, wooden cabin with trash behind the pane captures the lengths in which people go to simply maintain a stable shelter in their environment.
Project: Benefits of Bison Grazing on a Native American Ranch in South Dakota
This was taken during a bison roundup. The bison needed to be moved from one end of the property to the other, which required herding on horseback. The bison are important part of the historical Native American food culture. All of the bison raised on the German ranch are raised without any antibiotics and eat only the grass produced on the ranch. The hope of this bison rancher is return the prairie to its natural state through bison grazing.
A Rwandan Ambulance at CHUK Hospital.
UNIVEN leadership visits Charlottesville in 2018: GIDRT Fellows and CGH Scholar