The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to a Native Place
—Native American Astronomy —
Native American Astronomy
Over thousands of years, Native peoples have studied the moon as a guide for agricultural and ceremonial cycles. For the Powhatan, the month known as May was called the Corn Planting Moon. They kept time by noting the lunar cycles on notched sticks or knotted strings.
According to most traditional Native teachings, humans are related to all other beings and deeply connected to plants, animals, and the land. The Lakota, for example, affirm their prayers with a phrase that shows their understanding of this concept: mitakuye oyasin, meaning "all my relations."
Translations in Virginia Algonquian, Tuscarora, Catawba, and Munsee Delaware courtesy Dr. Blair Rudes, University of North Carolina.
Knowing This Place
We invite you to walk around the museum grounds and find the 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.
"Everything is alive and is making choices that determine the future, so the world is constantly creating itself."
Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunar Calendars (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: South (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: West (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.