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The Land Has MemoryIndigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian$
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Duane Blue Spruce and Tanya Thrasher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832646

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889787_blue_spruce

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The Land Has Memory

Duane Blue Spruce

University of North Carolina Press

The process of creating something is as important as the object being created for Native people. That was the spirit that the creators of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) wanted to honor in the building of the museum. This chapter looks at the first steps that were taken in the formation of the idea for the museum. The central ideas of the museum landscape were to be conveyed in a subtle, experiential, or affective manner rather than an overtly didactic one. The museum was to be designed and built in a holistic way, blurring the lines between building and landscape.

Keywords:   Native people, National Museum of the American Indian, NMAI, landscape, building

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