Stunning views of the National Native Veterans Memorial, the newest monument on the National Mall and the first in DC to celebrate Native military service
The National Native American Veterans Memorial marks the first national commemoration of Native American military service. National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book pays tribute to the powerful monument and the American Indians who have served in every major US military conflict since the Revolutionary War, often participating at an extraordinary rate. It pays homage to Indigenous peoples who have made so many contributions and sacrifices for their country.
Located on the quiet and reflective grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the memorial raises public consciousness of the significant contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian members of the military who have served in and out of combat for centuries. Native American artist and veteran Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) designed the Warriors’ Circle of Honor, selected for its simplicity and timelessness. The book celebrates the memorial's beauty while providing historical context and exploring the symbolism of its stainless-steel circle, the intimate and interactive space, and striking design elements that convey traditional Native perspectives and beliefs. Capturing the inclusive, healing, and dynamic design and space, National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book gives readers a richer and deeper appreciation of a one-of-a-kind monument.
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The Smithsonian's NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED "The book shows, in pictures and text, how the monument came to fruition, starting in 1994 when Congress passed the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act, through the years of design and creation, to the monument’s upcoming dedication ceremony in November 2022. The book also contains photos of Indigenous veterans and works by Indigenous artists. Combined with meaningful quotes, the images and words work together symbiotically to create a memorable experience for readers.... Will serve as both a history lesson about Indigenous veterans and a beacon drawing visitors to the National Native American Veterans Memorial."