The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian [NOOK Book]

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In the heart of Washington, D.C., a centuries-old landscape has come alive in the twenty-first century through a re-creation of the natural environment as the region's original peoples might have known it. Unlike most landscapes that surround other museums on the National Mall, the natural environment around the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is itself a living exhibit, carefully created to reflect indigenous ways ...
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The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian

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Overview

In the heart of Washington, D.C., a centuries-old landscape has come alive in the twenty-first century through a re-creation of the natural environment as the region's original peoples might have known it. Unlike most landscapes that surround other museums on the National Mall, the natural environment around the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is itself a living exhibit, carefully created to reflect indigenous ways of thinking about the land and its uses.

Abundantly illustrated, The Land Has Memory offers beautiful images of the museum's natural environment in every season as well as the uniquely designed building itself. Essays by Smithsonian staff and others involved in the museum's creation provide an examination of indigenous peoples' long and varied relationship to the land in the Americas, an account of the museum designers' efforts to reflect traditional knowledge in the creation of individual landscape elements, detailed descriptions of the 150 native plant species used, and an exploration of how the landscape changes seasonally. The Land Has Memory serves not only as an attractive and informative keepsake for museum visitors, but also as a thoughtful representation of how traditional indigenous ways of knowing can be put into practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807889787
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 184
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author


Duane Blue Spruce (Laguna/San Juan Pueblo), an architect, served for ten years as the primary liaison between the museum and the architectural design and construction team. He currently works at NMAI's George Gustav Heye Center in New York.

Tanya Thrasher (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is assistant head of publications at NMAI.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword
Kevin Gover Introduction: Remembering the Experience of Past Generations
Johnpaul Jones Honoring Our Hosts
Duane Blue Spruce Cardinal Direction Markers: Bringing the Four Directions to NMAI
James Pepper Henry and Kristine Brumley Allies of the Land
Gabrielle Tayac Always Becoming
Nora Naranjo-Morse Landscape: Through an Interior View
Kathleen Ash-Milby Stories of Seeds and Soil
Gabrielle Tayac and Tanya Thrasher A Seasonal Guide to the Living Landscape
Marsha Lea Appendix 1: Selected Resources and Organizations Appendix 2: Plant List Bibliography Contributors Acknowledgments Photo Credits Index

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