FALLSThe Museum of Idaho received a eight foot statue on Tuesday,
Jan. 13. The Sacajawea statute is one of 400 items to go on display
in commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition.
statue will greet patrons to the Lewis and Clark display at the
entrance of the museum, which is located at 200 N. Eastern Avenue
scheduled to open February 17 at 9 a.m.
is one out of nine statues of Sacajawea made by sculpturer Glenna
Goodacre, who was the designer of the Millennium golden one dollar
off with no photographs of Sacajawea she selected a Shoshone model
who was a student at the University of New Mexico at the time when
asked to submit a sculpture of a already selected Sacajawea image
for the new $1 coin.
mint coins have never had a baby on a coin before but Goodacre's
design included the baby as when the Lewis & Clark's expedition
chose a negotiator for the route.
statue delivered was of the same model who Goodacre selected.
are nine Sacajawea statues that exist, that's because the mold broke
and this statute here at the Museum of Idaho is on loan. It was
made in 2001," said statue and coin model Shoshone-Bannock Tribal
Member Randy'l Teton.
cost of the statute is $99,000.
is just an honor to display this," said museum Lewis and Clark Display
Coordinator Kathy Burggraf, "My job is to display. She will be the
first patrons will see and the display will be in a natural environment.
We'll bring the displays to life in a natural environment. And we
will have running water as well."
imagined the statute would be outside, but the museum's Program
Director Nick Gailey said she will be the first thing to see as
entering to buy your ticket.
fortunate to have this statue," said Gailey.The museum received
the statue by loan from Goodacre after Teton gave her a call.
is appointed by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as the Lewis and Clark
tribal consultant and has been assisting the museum with the upcoming
interested in having it, it's so important to the exhibit and plus
having Idaho's own Randy'l Teton propose for it," stated Gailey.
volunteer Pam Hawker commented that Sacajawea wanted to get back
home. That was the reason she joined Lewis and Clark's expedition.
proud of Randy'l and very pleased to have the statue. It is one
feature of this exhibit but didn't think about the drama of getting
it in," Hawker said.
the statute arrived on Tuesday morning, getting it into the museum
took eight men and concern from model Teton and sculpturer Bernie
Jestrabek-Hart, who also delivered a bugling elk and golden eagle
to go with this display.
member Rusty Houtz was also on hand to help with the statue delivery.
Houtz has been really helping out and took it upon himself from
the Tribal Museum, and he too has been working with Teton as consultant.
"We have been making the best in providing history to the museum,"
is from Meridian, Idaho and has been a sculpture since 1988, working
with barbed wire, steel, aluminum, and other metals that reflect
a most realistic and impressionistic images. The bugling elk and
golden eagle she delivered is more of a newer style, and since 2000
worked from barbed wire. She sculptured the Eagle which is at the
Sacajawea Center in Salmon, Idaho.
small sculptures will also be featured in the display. Among them
is a buckskin covered saddle with beadwork and a old horse blanket.
ago on parades there would be 10-17 women who come along on horses
and you could hear the jingles," said Houtz.
display is one of these old horse blankets with jingles noise makers
and also a beaded buckskin horse breast collar.
VIP reception will be held on Feb. 15 and is by invite only to sponsors
and state representatives.
driver Don Tittsworth left Sante Fe Sunday, Jan. 11 and got to Idaho
Falls on Monday evening. He has been Goodacres deliverer since 1988.
"She's my main client whom I deliver bronzes all over for. The bigger
the better," said Tittsworth.