A Conversation with Mary Wachacha

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mary Wachacha, Lead Consultant for the Indian Health Service (IHS)

Cherokee, North Carolina is the location of the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) and home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Mary Wachacha is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band and has served in various capacities during her 40 year career with the Cherokees and other Native Americans.  Mary will discuss the unique modern history of the Cherokee Indians, their lifestyles, their culture, their Casino, and their health care and the relationship between western medical ethics and Native American/Cherokee ethics. 

Mary is a former Peace Corps volunteer and spent 3 years in Tunisia, Northern Africa; a Teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 15 years; and the Lead Consultant for the Indian Health Service at IHS Headquarters  for 24 years. She has worked extensively with Indian Tribes who use IHS services—traveling to Indian hospitals and clinics to provide onsite in-service training on various health topics.

 

Sponsor: 
University Forum Committee, the Department of Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Studies and Appalachian Studies Programs.
Contact name: 
Laura Anne Middlesteadt
Contact email: 
middlestdtla@appstate.edu
Contact telephone: 
(828) 262-2295
Location: 
Edwin Duncan Hall, Room 315
Admission: 
Free and open to the public


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