The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
In creating these two poles from a single old-growth cedar tree, artist Rick Bartow drew on patterns and symbols from his Northern California Native heritage. These include Bear's conscientious and protective role as a healer and Raven's playful acts that shaped the world and human society. The horizontal pattern on the poles' bases references the changing tides of Oregon mudflats and symbolizes the flow of knowledge and inheritance—in Bartow's words, "the movement down to generations or up through generations… little waves."
Siempre estuvimos aquí, 2012
Cedro rojo occidental maduro, cedro de Port Orford, abeto de Douglas maduro, roble, arce, tintura, sellador
Comisionado del artista, 2011
Al crear estos dos postes a partir de un único cedro maduro,
Erected 2020 by Smithsonian Institution. (Marker Number 26/8842.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Horticulture & Forestry • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 2012.
Location. 38° 53.323′ N, 77° 1.027′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest just west of 4th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 482 Independence Ave SW, 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. Wingapo (here, next to this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (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); George Rivera (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What is a Grandfather Rock? (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named George Rivera (about 300 feet away); Traditional Croplands (about 300 feet away). 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 replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.