Her Monuments: Dignity of Earth and Sky

"My intent is for the sculpture to stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that all here are sacred and in a sacred place."

- Dale Claude Lamphere

This sculpture of an indeginous woman is 50 feet high and overlooks the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. Created by artist Dale Claude Lamphere, the sculpture is called ‘Dignity’ or ‘Dignity of Earth and Sky.’ She holds a star quilt made of 128 diamonds, and wears a dress that resembles a two-hide Native dress of the 1850s. The blue diamonds represent the colors of the wind and water, and the star quilt is a symbol of respect and admiration of Native American culture. To make the sculpture as realistic as possible, Lamphere used three Native American models, all different ages, to perfect Dignity’s face. Since opening in September 2016, Dignity has paid tribute to the Lakota and Dakota people.

Her Circle Burning Question: Why was a male sculptor chosen to create one of the few female monuments we have today?

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