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Nora Naranjo-Morse

Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1953

 
 
Nora Naranjo-Morse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
1. Nora Naranjo-Morse Marker
Inscription.  
Always Becoming, 2007
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, pigments
26/5840
Commissioned from the artist, 2007

Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore houw this family of contemporary clay sculptures, hand-built on site in the summer of 2007, is changing over time. To the artist, these living art pieces represent growth, transformation, and Native peoples' relationships with the land: "Each sculpture speaks to the idea that a sense of self and of place are important."

More than a decade later, weather has reshaped and repurposed the sculptures Little One (right), Father (center), and Mother (left). Insects, birds, and small animals find shelters in the sculptures, demonstrating that even on busy Washington, Dc, streets, nature thrives.

[Spanish translation:]
Nora Naranjo-Morse
Pueblo santa clara, n. 1953

Eterno devenir, 2007
Mezcla de barro (tierra, arena, paja y agua), arcilla, piedra, madera de falsa acacia, pigmentos
26/5840
Comisionado
<i>Always Becoming</i> image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
2. Always Becoming
del artista, 2007

Naranjo-Morse y su familia regresan todos los años a explorar cómo esta familia de esculturas contemporáneas de arcilla, construidas a mano in situ en el verano del 2007, va cambiando con el tiempo. Para la artista, estas obras de arte viviente representan el crecimiento, la transformación y las relaciones entre los pueblos indígenas y la tierra: "Cada escultura pone de manifiesto la idea de que es importante tener un sentido de la identidad y del lugar".

Más de una década después, el clima ha vuelto a dar forma y sentido a las esculturas Pequeño (derecha) Padre (centro) y Madre (izquierda). Insectos, pájaros y animales pequeños se refugian en las esculturas, lo que demuestra que la naturaleza prospera incluso en las ajetreadas calles de Washington, DC.
 
Erected 2020 by Smithsonian Institution. (Marker Number 26/5840.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentNative AmericansWomen.
 
Location. 38° 53.272′ N, 77° 1.012′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Independence Avenue Southwest and Maryland Avenue Southwest
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, on the right when traveling west on Independence Avenue Southwest. 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. Lunar Calendars (here, next to this marker); Eastern Meadow (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Can you find symbols… (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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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 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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