Personal Reflections on Indigenous Elders as Repositories of Culture

By Rebecca Owl Morgan. This article originally appeared on Generations, American Society on Aging.

During 2020, while COVID-19 was raging across the nation, my tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, N.C., took intense measures early on, shutting down the Qualla Boundary (our tribal lands), implementing mass testing, contract tracing and case isolation. Tribal leaders and elders feel a sense of urgency about preserving the culture and language, as was demonstrated during the worst of the pandemic when Native language speakers were prioritized to receive the vaccine by some tribes.

In the end the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians handled the pandemic more effectively than many other areas in North Carolina, ensuring elders’ legacies.... Read More

             

Larry Curley Joins ASA’s Legacy Interviews

This originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

On July 21 National Indian Council on Aging Executive Director Larry Curley will take part in the American Society on Aging’s Legacy Interviews. This will be one of a 12-week webcast series that will feature interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health and social services.

Each interview will be conducted by Ken Dychtwald, to capture the wisdom and character of gerontology’s pioneers to inform, inspire and guide current and future professionals in the fields of aging and related services for years to come.

These conversations will delve into topics such as:

How our healthcare, financial, social services and infrastructure systems can better support older adults.... Read More