Things that make you go............WOW!


It’s not every day you see something that literally takes your breath away but yesterday happened to be one of those days.

I’d received a note from a friend overnight with a simple headline: Check this out! When I opened up the email I was greeted by an image of a stainless-steel figurine standing 50ft tall of a North-American First Nation woman. 

The statue, which depicts her wearing a plain style dress and receiving a ceremonial Star Quilt,was erected in September 2016 at a site overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota.

With a donation of US$1m from local residents Norm and Eunabel Mckie and their extended family, the commission was made to honour the people of South Dakota during the state’s 125th anniversary year.

The statue was conceived and built by local artist and laureate Dale Lampher with a dedicated team of helpers. When interviewed a year after the dedication, Lamphere said… "It's been well-received by the Native community, and by visitors from all over the country. My hope over time is it really gets people to think about the beauty of the native cultures. She stands strong and proud, meeting the morning sun and bracing against the night time cold. She contemplates the world through a poise of conviction and fearlessness. Her name is Dignity." 

What a beautiful and fitting tribute to the true custodians of the land on which she stands.

Further information and image c/o TravelSouthDakota