Objects & Places from The Scalpel and the Silver Bear

Lori Alvord
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Crownpoint, New Mexico

This is Alvord's small, largely Navajo, hometown.

Gallup, New Mexico

This is the locale of the GIMC and Alvord's medical practice.


This is Alvord's place of work for much of the book.


This is the New Hampshire College where Alvord felt like an alienated outsider, save for the other Native American students.


Alvord had a challenging, but rewarding experience in medical school at this school.

The Beauty Way

This is the Navajo philosophy of harmony in nature as a source of wellness in human beings.

The Silver Bear

This is the trinket that Alvord wore on a necklace that represented her Navajo heritage.

The Scalpel

This is the symbol of Alvord's life as a professional surgeon.


These are the songs used for the purpose of healing.

Alvord came to realize these were very important parts of the Navajo...

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