CELEBRATING WOMEN: Dignity Statue

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A new face that is already becoming famous in South Dakota is that of the Dignity: of Earth & Sky sculpture in Chamberlain, which can be seen from Interstate 90.

Since it was installed in 2016, the statue has become an iconic feature of the state.

Dignity represents the rich Native American culture of South Dakota. The 50-foot Native woman wears a dress patterned after a two-hide Native dress of the 1850s. Her quilt features 128 stainless steel blue diamond shapes.

The star quilt is very meaningful to the Lakota and Dakota.  According to the sculpture, Dale Lamphere, when a baby is born, they are wrapped in a star quilt because they came down from the stars.

Dignity is modeled after three Native American women from Rapid City.

After it’s installation, Lamphere said he hopes Dignity shows the world the beauty of the Native cultures.

To read more about Dignity, head to Travel South Dakota website.

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