The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This museum's meadow environment consists of abundant grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. The plants are perennials, growing or lying dormant with the seasons.
Meadows are important sources of medicinal plants used by traditional healers, who give thanks for the plant through an offering of tobacco, song, and prayer. Plants are considered by some tribes to the hairs of Mother Earth.
Native peoples developed medicines from a variety of plants and trees and introduced these treatments to the world. Modern pharmacology (the science of drugs) began when the medicine quinine was brought from Peru to Europe in the 1600s. Named for the Quechua word for cinchona tree bark (quina), quinine has long been used by Native peoples to kill the parasites that cause malaria.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Native Americans • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1600.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 339 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Eastern Meadow (a few steps from this marker); Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Lunar Calendars (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 124 times since then. Last updated on February 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.