DENVER: The Civil War statue toppled by the protesters of Black Lives Matter in Colorado, Denver. And now, the statue has been replaced with a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek Massacre, where the United States Army Soldiers attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho people in southeastern Colorado.
The new statues were approved by the representatives of The Capitol Building Advisory Committee Denver on Friday as they got 7-2 votes in favor of the new sculpture.
“They were wiped out,” Otto Braided Hair, of the Northern Cheyenne and a descendant of Sand Creek survivors, told the committee. “Their voices are no longer heard. Their wishes and concerns were no longer heard. Those are the people we speak for.”
The previously installed monument at the Capitol was torn down by the BLM protestors on June 25th this year as their protest for BLM. The monument was installed as an honor to Colorado soldiers who found for the union in the Civil War.
First Colorado Cavalry members Cpt. Jack Howland did the designing of the statues and the state and the pioneer’s association gave approval and paid for it. The members of the First Colorado Cavalry unit was also a part of the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864.
Now, the new statue is designed by Artist Harvey Pratt who is a Sand Creek descendant and was commissioned to create the statue by the organization One Earth Future. Reports say that the idea of the design of the status came to him in a dream.
“It’s really about the women,” he said. “The women carry the men in the tribes on their backs.”
Describing the statue, Artist Harvey Pratt said that the statue shows a woman who is mourning she is kneeling… she’s lost her baby and maybe her grandparents”.