River Spirits of the Anacostia

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River Spirits of the Anacostia, by Martha Jackson-Jarvis, is a Mosaic Mural that is displayed on the entrance of the Anacostia Metro Station. The mosaic is meant to depict, according to Jackson-Jarvis, “the topographical meandering course of the Anacostia River.” The mural “pays homage to the resilient and forceful nature of the river to regenerate itself and marks our on going struggle to live in harmony with the treasures of our natural resources.” Also noteworthy is the fact that the mural features images inspired by the Nacotchtanke, the Native American tribe that once lived along the river. The images include a tortoise, which represented the spirit guide of the river, as well as a stylized image of a “Wampum” a symbol of Native American trade. River Spirits of the Anacostia, completed in 2004, is part of the DCCAH-commissioned Art in Transit project, which seeks to instill a more visual appeal into the metro stations across D.C. This mural in particular is unique because it captures the Native American history of the area and takes a stand on preserving our ecological surroundings.

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On the outside of Anacostia metro station at 1101 Howard Rd SE

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