June 8th ~ Chamberlain, SD
We decided to have a shorter day. Our only scheduled stop was to see the Dignity Statue which is located at a rest stop/information center overlooking the Missouri River along I-90 near the town of Chamberlain, SD.
Made out of stainless steel, artist Dale Lamphere designed the statue to represent Native American women who are indigenous to South Dakota, especially the Lakota and Dakota peoples.
She is wrapped in a star quilt that features 128 blue diamonds, which represents respect, honor and admiration in Native American cultures. The quilt glitters in the sun and changes colors depending upon how much light is shining on it.
“The statue measures 50 feet (15.24m) high, 16 (4.88m) feet deep and 32 feet (9.75m) wide. The star quilt held by the woman has more than 100 blue diamond shapes that move in the wind “like an Aspen leaf”.” ~ Wikipedia
Built and installed in 2016, the statue was made possible by a generous gift from the Norm and Enable McKie family.
A FEW MORE FACTS:
- She does not represent any one individual or tribe
- Three Lakota women were used as models for her face
- Her dress, leggings and moccasins are patterned from 1850’s Native dress
- The statue weighs 27,000 pounds
- She was built in the Badlands and transported to the site in one piece
- The star quilt is one of the most valued gifts of the Lakota and Dakota people
- The 128 diamonds are four feet across and covered with seven coats of paint
- LED lights highlight the diamonds at night
LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL
Inside the visitors center is an exhibit about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The winds were back blowing pretty fiercely again this afternoon and we are happy to be parked for the night at a KOA in Midland, SD and just taking it easy.
We will head into Badlands National Park tomorrow.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we have gained back an hour (now in Mountain Time Zone). An extra hour of sleep tonight will feel good. We are also enjoying seeing literally hundreds of dragon flies here in the campsite. There must have just been a hatching as they are swarming everywhere around us. We associate them with good luck 🙂