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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, November 14, 2017
1. Nora Naranjo-Morse Marker
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Nora Naranjo-Morse
Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1953

Always Becoming
Mud mixture (soil, sand, straw, and water), clay, stone, black locust wood, bamboo, yam vines, and pigment.
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Naranjo-Morse and her family return annually to explore how this family of contemporary clay sculptures, hand-built on site in the summer of 2007, is morphing over time. To the artist, these living art pieces together represent growth, transformation, and Native people's relationships with the land: "Each sculpture speaks to the idea that a sense of self and of place are important."

Moon Woman, on the left, and Mountain Bird, on the right, are now elders. This intergenerational sculptural family speaks to stewardship and the passing of knowledge and traditions. According to the artist, "They represent a past from which we continue to learn. The question becomes, what do we do with this knowledge from the past, and how do we take care of what we have with conscious grace and purpose?"
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.272′ N, 77° 1.002′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Maryland Avenue Southwest. Touch for map
Nora Naranjo-Morse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
2. Nora Naranjo-Morse Marker
. 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. Lunar Calendars (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: South (a few steps from this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); Wingapo (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentNative 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 67 times since then and 21 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.
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