The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian / Edition 1

The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian / Edition 1

by Duane Blue Spruce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859362

ISBN-13: 9780807859360

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

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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:
9780807859360
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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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