The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rick Bartow (1946-2016)
— Oregon —
We Were Always Here, 2012
Old-growth Western red cedar, Port Orford cedar, old-growth Douglas fir, oak, maple, stain, sealer
Commissioned from the artist 2011 (26/8852)
In creating these two poles from a single old-growth cedar tree, artist Rick Bartow has drawn on the patterns and symbols from his Northern California Native heritage. These include Bear's conscientious and protective role as a healer and Raven's playful and sometimes comical acts that shaped the world and human society. The pole bases' horizontal pattern references the changing tides of Oregon mudfloats and symbolizes the flow of knowledge and inheritance--in Bartow's words, "the movement down to generations or up through the generations… like little waves."
Erected by Smithsonian Institution. (Marker Number 26/8852.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 2012.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was 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. Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (here, next to this marker); Wingapo (here, next to this marker); Rick Bartow (a few steps from this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); George Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 150 times since then and 6 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.