Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Totem For Healing
The totem was carved from a 500-year-old red cedar tree from the Northern Cascade Mountains of Washington State.
Medicine Woman in the Moon
The Algonquin story of the Medicine Woman in the Moon teaches us to appreciate and protect our knowledge, and to understand that the answers to some questions may take a long time to be revealed. In the story, a powerful woman healer, gifted with the knowledge to cure many ailments, wished to know when the world would end. Told by a spirit that she could learn this secret only if she hid away from other humans, she traveled to the Moon, which protects the earth by night. She still waits there patiently today and, when the Moon is full, she can be seen weaving a headband. Once her question is answered, she will return home. Red, black, white and yellow signify the four races of mankind. All four are included to represent the idea that traditional knowledge
Tree of Life
A powerful symbol not just of Native American beliefs but in many cultures worldwide. The Tree represents the forests from which medicines were gathered.
Woman with a Gathering Basket
Symbolizing the role of women in collecting traditional herbs and medicinal plants.
Red Blood and Valor
Blue Water and sky
White Skies and spacious heavens
Yellow Sun, light and happiness
Green Earth with hills, trees and mountains
Location. 38° 59.756′ N, 77° 5.861′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Rockville Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike on the NIH campus. Marker is in this post office area: Bethesda MD 20892, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bear and the Steelhead (here, next to this marker); Raven and the Sun (here, next to this marker); Tree of Hippocrates (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tree of Hippocrates President Franklin D. Roosevelt (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); From Trolley to Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
Also see . . .
1. Healing Totem. Native Voices Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness Exhibit at The National Library of Medicine. (Submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Installation of the Healing Totem at NLM. (Submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.