Dignity (a.k.a. Dignity of Earth & Sky) is a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The 50-foot high stainless steel statue by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt. According to Lamphere, the sculpture honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to South Dakota.- wikipedia
4 thoughts on “1 picture is worth 1,000 words. Dignity is worth 10,000 words.”
That is beautiful. I wish this sculpture overlooked the Missouri above the Garrison Dam upstream of Bismark, ND. That is the site of one of the latest US Government ripoffs of native American lands. The US Goverment even had the audacity to name the reservoir Lake Sakakawea. This statue could act as a permanent reminder of how native Americans have been exploited and abused throughout our short history.
Very nice. One thing I would suggest that all peoples consider is that culture is not just songs and dance, arts and spiritual energy seeking rituals. It is the totality of what they allowed or promoted in their social lives. We tend to one-dimensionlize indigenous culture and therefore portray an inaccurate view vis-a-vis other cultures.