Kerry Hawk Lessard
Kerry Hawk Lessard - (Shawnee) is an applied medical anthropologist whose work explores the intersection of health and culture, specifically the ways in which historical trauma impact the health status of contemporary Native people. As the executive director of Native American Lifelines, a Title V Urban Indian Health Program serving Baltimore and Boston, she creates culturally centered health programs that are trauma informed and apply principles of decolonization. As an anthropologist, Kerry is proud of her work with Pyramid Lake Paiute artist Gregg Deal, deconstructing the ways in which art and imagery define and constrain indigenous possibilities. Sometimes she writes poetry about love and longing, but more often she is armpit deep in Urban Indian children who call her, “ina.” And she is totally okay with that.