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

Duane Blue Spruce and Tanya Thrasher


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 plantings that surround other museums on the National Mall, the landscape 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. This book offers beautiful images of the museum's natural environment in every season as well as the uniquely designed buil ... More

Keywords: National Museum of the American Indian, NMAI, Americas, museum, National Mall, museum designers, landscape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832646
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807889787_blue_spruce


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duane Blue Spruce, editor

Tanya Thrasher, editor