"Gold and corn" Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of the American Indian Tip by matcrazy1
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.: 59 reviews and 268 photos
In the National Museum of the American Indian I've got to know that corn and gold were the paramount symbols of power and wealth for American Indians including the largest civilasations: the Aztec (called the Mexica), the Maya and the Inka.
I've seen large and impressive collection of gold items created by them. In contrast to Europe gold was never used as currency in the Americas. It was lavished on palaces and worked into jewelry and figurines. It was also placed outdoors to absorb and radiate the sun's powerful energy.
For Europeans the Americas offered endless supply of land, timber, silver, and just gold - all on a scale no European had ever imagined. Let me quote words of Pedro de Cieza de Leon, a Spanish visitor to Cusco (spiritual center of the Inka Empire) in 1553 - 1554, who described a garden where the dirt itself was made of gold:
"In one of the houses, there was the figure of the sun, very large and made of gold, ingeniously worked, and enriched in many precious stones... They had also a garden, the clods of which were made of pieces of fine gold; and it was artificially sown with golden maize, the stalks, as well as the leaves and cobs, being of that metal."
Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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