The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Upland Hardwood Forest
You are standing next to an upland hardwood forest--a group of shrubs and more than 30 species of trees--that reflects the dense forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other local sites.
The Forests' Bounty
The Nanticoke and other communities relied upon forest plants for food and medicine. Now the most widely used drug in the world, aspirin was created from the inner bark of the willow tree--a painkiller often used by Native peoples, who boiled or powdered the bark.
Native peoples discovered medicinal plants in many ways, including the observation of animals. By recognizing how bears interacted with certain plants, for example, Native peoples learned to treat human illnesses.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.314′ N, 77° 1.006′ 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 • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (a few steps from this marker); Rick Bartow (1946-2016) (within shouting Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: West (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Anthropology • 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 80 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.