LINCOLN — Planners in charge of the revamping of the Nebraska Centennial Mall in Lincoln have included features honoring Native American tribes that have influenced the state.
A circle of twinkling lights along the mall's walkways is planned, with each of the lights representing a single tribe that had influence in Nebraska.
The circle of lights would be surrounded by native grasses and plantings, many of which were used by Native American people, Karen Nalow with the mall design team told the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission on Friday.
The commission approved the changes in the mall design Friday, but the additional elements are still dependent on private donations.
The design team has hired Tammy Eagle Bull, an architect and president of Encompass Architects PC in Lincoln, to help research and provide advice on the design to recognize Native American tribes, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Lynn Johnson.
The design team is working with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.
Eagle Bull is identifying the tribes with connections to the region that became the State of Nebraska.
She also is researching images, concepts and traditions that are common among the tribes of the Great Plains, including the circle.
Johnson said the circle of lights is representative of the circle of life and circle of seasons, although she acknowledged there is some variation in the circle's meaning among tribes.
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