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New Native American veterans memorial offers peace in the heart of one of DC's few wild spaces

New Native American veterans memorial offers peace in the heart of one of DC's few wild spaces
The decision to place a new memorial to Native American veterans outdoors, instead of inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian as originally planned, appears not only inspired, but well executed.

ANALYSISNew Native American veterans memorial offers peace in the heart of one of DC's few wild spaces The National Native American Veterans Memorial sits within sight of the U.The beauty of this secret garden — even if you know it exists, it always seems to take you by surprise — raised the stakes when the museum decided to place a new memorial to Native American veterans there.Small speakers add a subtle acoustic element, playing a loop of 13 Native American veterans songs from a Smithsonian Folkways recording.The more you sit in this place, the more it seems like a promise, analogous to the survival and persistence of Native American culture through centuries of betrayal, theft and displacement.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D." Since Maya Lin's 1982 design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, memorial designers have flirted nervously with abstraction, introducing minimalist geometries and conceptual motifs while all too often overexplaining them, as if visitors need to be instructed on how to experience something that should be self-explanatory.

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