Indian Americans & Local Health Saturday, December 1, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Hjemkomst Center
By now, most Americans are familiar with the health benefits of yoga, a 20th century Indian import that was first practiced in Fargo-Moorhead in the 1960s and taught professionally (in the Spirit Room) by the 1990s. However, Indian Americans have had a tremendous influence on local health and healthcare in other ways.
Join us for a brief lecture from Dr. Vijay Gaba, an anesthesiologist practicing in Fargo, who will give a wholistic picture of how immigrant Indian-American physicians have contributed to the medical field in the state of North Dakota.* Afterward, Dr. Anu Gaba, an oncologist practicing in Fargo, will perform a classical Indian dance called Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam uses rhythmic foot-work, hand gestures, and neck and eye movements in a physical form of storytelling (with some great cardiovascular benefits....).
The presentation will be delivered in the 4th Floor Gallery (in the Beyond Bollywood exhibition). Regular museum admission applies.
*North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad drafted legislation that created the Conrad-30 program, offering visas to immigrant physicians to work in underserved communities. As a result, North Dakota employs a higher percentage of immigrant physicians (on H1-B visas) than any other state in the nation. Meanwhile, North Dakota and Minnesota rely on Indian American doctors more than any other states in the nation, ranking #1 and #2 in percentage of physicians born in India (7% and 6%, respectively). Although many Indian doctors serve in urban areas, they are integral in easing our region’s shortage of rural family physicians. Since the mid-1970s, small towns like Tioga, Oakes, and Crosby in North Dakota, and Crookston and Thief River Falls in Minnesota, have relied on Indian doctors.
Tuesday, December 4
Suitably Attired Tuesday, December 4, 3:30:PM - 7:00PM Hjemkomst Center
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center as we open a gorgeous collaboration with NDSU's Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. The exhibition is titled Suitably Attired and it explores the history of "The Suit," using local textile artifacts. On Tuesday, December 4, we celebrate this collaboration with an opening reception catered by NDSU Dining Services and featuring gallery talks led by guest curator Kim Baird at both 3:30PM and 6:00PM.
The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, December 8
Children's Indian Fashion & Dance Show Saturday, December 8, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center for an exploration of Indian fashion and expression as we host a children's fashion and dance show. See a diverse showcase of Indian children's fashions and then enjoy a performance of some of India's richest traditions: dance.
Regular museum admission (HCSCC Members: free).
Tuesday, December 11
"We Are Afraid": Clay County and the Spanish Flu Tuesday, December 11, 6:00:PM - 8:00PM Hjemkomst Center
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center as HCSCC Senior Archivist Mark Peihl offers a history of the deadliest flu pandemic in recorded history: the Spanish Flu. The disease came to the Red River Valley in late-September of 1918 and proceeded to infect thousands and kill hundreds in the Red River Valley. Globally, it infected about one-third of the population and killed between 50-100 million people (about 2.5 - 5% of the population. Using diary and journal entries, public health data, and modern science, Peihl will reconstruct and reexamine the local front of the flu fight.
Jugaad: An Exploration Saturday, January 12, 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Join us at the Hjemkomst Center for an exploration of the Indian concept of "jugaad," a colloquial Hindi word that roughly translates to "hack" or "something from nothing." Jugaad videos have exploded online as the internet's DIY crowd began toying with cheap inventions and technologies, often constructed from little more than cardboard, glue, batteries, and random junk. This lecture and workshop will explore theories of invention and real world examples. The program will finish with an exercise in putting jugaad to work. Our instructor is John Deere Electrical Solutions engineer and IAAGP member Gurmukh Advani.