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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cardinal Direction Markers

 
 
Cardinal Direction Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
1. Cardinal Direction Markers Marker
Inscription.
Native peoples honor the Four Directions through ceremony, song, art, and architecture. On the edges of the museum site, four large stones known as Cardinal Direction Markers honor Native cultures of the north, south, east, and west. Can you find them all?

The markers were selected by Native communities within Canada, Chile, Maryland and Hawai'i. The oldest is four billion years old, and the youngest is 300 years old. All were given a ceremonial blessing before and after their arrival at the museum. A piece of Kasota limestone, the stone used to build the museum, was given to each community in a symbolic exchange.
 
Erected by National Museum of the American Indian.
 
Location. 38° 53.316′ N, 77° 0.984′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sassafras Winhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); George Rivera
Cardinal Direction Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
2. Cardinal Direction Markers Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Upland Hardwood Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Witchhazel Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadleaf Cattail Khkhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar) (within shouting distance of this marker); Bald Cypress rtu (ar-too) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower Wdxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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