Cultural Preservation and Application

To reduce health disparities in Native communities through the preservation and application of indigenous knowledges.

SELU Mothering Project

Selu Mothering Program is an organization of breastfeeding peer counselors and trained full-spectrum birthworkers located on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. They offer prenatal, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, loss, and abortion support at no cost to indigenous families. In keeping with ancestral Cherokee lifeways, we seek to preserve baby’s First Sacred Food: u-nv-di (milk) through the respectful application of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and the revitalization of birth ceremonies.

Annual Medicine Walk

Free and open to the public this event is led by Executive Board member Onita Bush. Carrying a wealth of traditional knowledge, Onita provides culture-based care for her remote rural community. Onita’s knowledge of Native plants for medicinal purposes and nutrition has made her an invaluable resource in her community. Fall 2022 dates to be announced shortly.


ᎠᏏᎾᏏ ᏃᎴ ᎠᏙᎴᏆᏍᎩ: “asinasi nole adolegwasgi”

Cherokee Potters Master Apprentice Program

The Center for Native Health has partnered with the The Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute, Tsali Care and the University of North Carolina Asheville to develop a knowledge and cultural exchange to support the sustainability of traditional Cherokee pottery techniques and the development of the next generation of potters and artists in the EBCI community.

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