WCU’s Tom Belt gives presentation at Smithsonian museum

Tom Belt, coordinator of Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Language Program, was a presenter at “Patterns of Native Health and Well-being: An Intercultural Symposium” held earlier this spring at the National Museum of the American Indian.

The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Belt spoke on the topic “Prayer and the Spiritual in Health Ways.” Symposium presentations were streamed live on the web.

The symposium addressed active collaborations involving Native community members and researchers that focus on the distinct cultural values about well-being held by Native communities in solving serious health issues.

Belt’s address can be seen on the museum’s YouTube channel.