The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1953
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, bamboo, yam vines, and pigment
Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore how this family of contemporary clay sculptures, hand-built on site in the summer of 2007, is morphing over time. To the artist, these living art pieces together represent growth, transformation, and Native people's relationships with the land: "Each sculpture speaks to the idea that a sense of self and of place are important."
Now in phase II, the sculptures—Little One, to the right, Father in the center, and Mother, on the left—have been reshaped and repurposed by the weather over several seasons. Insects, birds, and small animals find shelter in the sculptures, demonstrating that even on busy Washington, D.C. streets, nature thrives.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Environment • Native Americans • Women.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Lunar Calendars (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Meadow (a few steps from this marker); Wingapo (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: South (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: West (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 16 times this year. 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. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.