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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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Stories of Seeds and Soil

Stories of Seeds and Soil

(p.81) Stories of Seeds and Soil
The Land Has Memory

Gabrielle Tayac

Tanya Thrasher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the influence of the animal and plant life on the surrounding landscape of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). This is illustrated by the 27,000 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; 40 massive boulders; and 4 Cardinal Direction Marker stones that were placed throughout the NMAI's landscape. All were carefully selected, blessed with prayer and song, transported over thousands of miles, and thoughtfully re-oriented on the museum's four-acre site. The museum's diverse plantings aims to recall the indigenous environment and culture of the landscape prior to European contact.

Keywords:   animal life, plant life, indigenous environment, indigenous culture, European contact, NMAI

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