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Robert Dick creating his Lewis and Clark sculptural group, 1997
Robert Dick creating his Lewis and Clark sculptural group, 1997. Photo courtesy St. Louis Mercantile Library

The Making of "Sacajawea or Birdwoman's Dream"

This bronze sculpture commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition that opened the American West to exploration nearly 200 years ago. The creation of sculptor Robert H. Dick, it depicts the figures of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, the slave York, and the Indian guide Sacajawea with her baby. A wolf is included instead of Lewis' dog Seamen, symbolizing the future impact of the expedition on wildlife west of the Mississippi. Pictographs around three sides of the base illustrate the events in Birdwoman's dream, which foretells the sad future in store for her people. The sculptor's vision for the work and the planning and execution of it are documented in this project by the St. Louis Mercantile Library. Photographs of the finished bronze and clay models, writings and sketches by R. H. Dick, a videotape, and news articles are included.

Originally submitted by: Christopher S. Bond, Senator.

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