A Stunning 50-Foot-Tall Carving Paid Homage To Native American Women In South Dakota

A majestic sculpture stands high over the Missouri River in South Dakota, paying homage to the Native Nations of the Great Plains region. The 50-foot-tall artwork is named Dignity of Earth and Sky often simplified to just Dignity and depicts an Indigenous woman getting a star quilt while dressed in a Plains style garment. The memorial honors the often overlooked collective of women of the Lakota and Dakota Nations by emphasizing this number.

The monument was designed by Dale Claude Lamphere a well-known artist. He studied the rich customs of the Lakota and Dakota cultures when referring to three Native American models ages 14, 29, and 55 to refine the woman's image. “My intent is for the sculpture to stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that all here are holy and in a sacred place,” Lamphere says.

The woman wears a dress inspired by a 1850s two-hide style and bears a star quilt, which has proved to be the sculpture's most striking feature. The outstretched quilt which is a Native American emblem of love and honor has 128 stainless steel blue diamond forms that flutter in the breeze. It also changes appearance during the day. The bits gleam in the sunlight while the sun is up. They are illuminated by LED lights at night giving them a dramatic and serene look.

Dignity is located off I-90 in Chamberlain South Dakota and is worth a visit. Don't miss out on another chance to learn about Indigenous peoples when you're in the city. A quick drive away is the Atka Lakota Museum and Cultural Center.

The breathtaking Dignity statue is a 50-foot tall sculpture that pays tribute to the Lakota and Dakota Nations' often overlooked group of people.

The dazzling star quilt is made up of 128 blue diamond-shaped pieces that sway in the breeze and glitter in the sunlight.

By night, the sculpture is breathtaking.

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