The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Restoration of the Land
Four hundred years ago, the Chesapeake Bay region abounded in forests, meadows, wetlands, and croplands. The National Museum of the American Indian restores these environments and is home to more than 27,000 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants representing 145 different species.
Native peoples encouraged the growth of a variety of plants, also known as biodiversity. Ethnobotanist Donna House (Diné/Oneida) used this concept in her work to restore the museum grounds. She was also guided by the Diné (Navajo) principle of hózhó, which means “beauty and harmony coming about.” The original peoples of present-day Washington, D.C., the Anacostans – for whom the Anacostia River is named – understood this land through observation of nature. Such ancient observations came together with rigorous botanical research in the re-creation of these grounds.
courtesy Dr. Blair Rudes, University of North Carolina
“We give a greeting and thanksgiving to the many supporters of our own lives –
- Sotsisowah [John Mohawk (Seneca)]
Knowing This Place
We invite you to walk around the museum grounds and find panels that explain the meanings of each environment. You will learn about the many ways that Native peoples changed and were influenced by the forest, meadow, wetlands, and croplands.
Location. 38° 53.319′ N, 77° 1.025′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Drive Southwest and 4th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east on Jefferson Drive Southwest. Marker is located in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rick Bartow (1946-2016) (here, next to this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (here, next to this marker); Upland Hardwood Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: West (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Meadow Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Anthropology & Archaeology • Environment • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2020. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 6. submitted on November 18, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.