Thunderbird

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

STACEY SPEEDIS AND SCULPTUREStacey Speedis (Yakama Nation) speaks about her gratitude for being one of the seven United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) art students involved in creating this sculpture. Measuring 15-feet high, it depicts four giant Thunderbirds, with heads and talons thrust forward, emerging from a thundercloud. Thunderbirds represent the sacred power that produces thunder and lightning. The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District commissioned the work for the city’s riverfront trail near the Missouri River. Pictured are (left to right): UTTC President David M. Gipp, Art/Art Marketing Director Wayne Pruse, students Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III (Standing Rock), Joaquin Andrews (Fort Peck), Brianne McHugh (Three Affiliated), Todd Trottier (Turtle Mountain), Jamie L. Ducheneaux (Standing Rock), Dustin Black (Spirit Lake), and sculpture contractor Paul Scherr of Bismarck. The UTTC students will be involved in creating one new project each year for the riverfront trail. Photo by Dennis Neumann

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