The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This museum's meadow environment consists of abundant grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. The plants are perennials, growing or lying dormant with the seasons.
Meadows are important sources of medicinal plants used by traditional healers, who give thanks for the plant through an offering of tobacco, song, and prayer. Plants are considered by some tribes to the hairs of Mother Earth.
Native peoples developed medicines from a variety of plants and trees and introduced these treatments to the world. Modern pharmacology (the science of drugs) began when the medicine quinine was brought from Peru to Europe in the 1600s. Named for the Quechua word for cinchona tree bark (quina), quinine has long been used by Native peoples to kill the parasites that cause malaria.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.279′ N, 77° 1.023′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Independence Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. 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); Wingapo 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: West (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: South (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 15 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. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.