When on the Mall in D.C., be sure to visit the National Museum of the American Indian. Faced with honey-colored limestone, the building (opened in 2004) curves and flexes like a mesa sculpted by the wind. The guide Ramsay, an Indian from Montana, led a fascinating, hour-long tour of the galleries, exhibits and displays of native history, culture and art. He then recommended lunch at the museum’s popular Misitam cafeteria. It features native dishes from South and Meso America as well as the Northern Woodlands and Great Plains. (I had an ample, maple-basted salmon and vegetables from the Northwest Coast, pricey but delicious.)
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