Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Totem For Healing
The totem was carved from a 500-year-old red cedar tree from the Northern Cascade Mountains of Washington State.
Medicine Woman in the Moon
The Algonquin story of the Medicine Woman in the Moon teaches us to appreciate and protect our knowledge, and to understand that the answers to some questions may take a long time to be revealed. In the story, a powerful woman healer, gifted with the knowledge to cure many ailments, wished to know when the world would end. Told by a spirit that she could learn this secret only if she hid away from other humans, she traveled to the Moon, which protects the earth by night. She still waits there patiently today and, when the Moon is full, she can be seen weaving
Tree of Life
A powerful symbol not just of Native American beliefs but in many cultures worldwide. The Tree represents the forests from which medicines were gathered.
Woman with a Gathering Basket
Symbolizing the role of women in collecting traditional herbs and medicinal plants.
Red Blood and Valor
Blue Water and sky
White Skies and spacious heavens
Yellow Sun, light and happiness
Green Earth with hills, trees and mountains
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Science & Medicine.
Location. 38° 59.756′ N, 77° 5.861′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Center Drive just west of Wisconsin Avenue (Maryland Route 355), on the left when traveling west. Marker is in front of the National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike on the NIH campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Center Drive, Bethesda MD 20814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At Bear and the Steelhead (here, next to this marker); Raven and the Sun (here, next to this marker); Tree of Hippocrates (a few steps from this marker); President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the NIH Bethesda campus on this site, October 31, 1940 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); From Trolley to Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Spring House & Pool of Bethesda (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
Also see . . . Healing Totem. Native Voices Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness Exhibit at The National Library of Medicine. (Submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.