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Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam)

 
 
Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
1. Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) Marker
Inscription.  Distinguished by its scarlet hourglass-shaped flowers and white sap, the swamp milkweed is a beautiful wetlands plant. The Menominee harvested the plant "heads" when in full bloom and added them to soup, or stored them for winter use. The Sac and Fox used swamp milkweed root in a strengthening bath, and the plant fibers for making twine, fishnets, and straps.
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans.
 
Location. 38° 53.29′ N, 77° 0.951′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue Southwest west of 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. 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. Can you find symbols… (here, next to this marker); Wingapo (here, next to this marker); Wetlands (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: East
Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
2. Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too) (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker); National Native American Veterans Memorial (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 December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 216 times since then. Last updated on February 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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