Summer Wanders: Dignity Statue near Chamberlain, SD
On a bluff overlooking the great Missouri River near Chamberlain South Dakota,
stands a statue representing Sacagawea, the Indian girl/mother who assisted Lewis and Clark in the monumental task of finding a northwest passage on the Mission of Discovery in 1804-6 for President Thomas Jefferson.
Fifty foot tall, the statue depicts "Dignity" and a tribute to the young Indian woman/mother who was pregnant during the travails through the new Louisiana Purchase Lands. Her linguistic skills, knowledge of the land and usefully identifying the flora enabled Lewis&Clark to eventually 'find' the Pacific Ocean after a harrowing search through the plains, through friendly and hostile tribes, and through Rocky Mountains.