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Standing in history’s footsteps

A new bronze statue of explorers Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce Chief Twisted Hair, along with the chief’s young son Lawyer, was unveiled today on the grounds of the Borah Post Office, across from the state capitol. Boise author and historian Carol MacGregor, left, donated the sculpture, which is the second edition of one placed at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston as part of the school’s centennial celebration in 1993. The statue was sculpted by Doug Hyde, a descendant of the Nez Perce Tribe who now lives in Santa Fe, N.M., and is an internationally known artist. Hyde once attended vocational classes at LCSC, and spoke at the college’s national bicentennial activities earlier this year in commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The sculpture, called “Hospitality of the Nez Perce,” depicts the first encounter between the explorers and the tribe. State Department of Administration head Pam Ahrens said the sculpture will allow passers-by to “admire this historic moment frozen in bronze.” Gov. Jim Risch, right, said, “On behalf of the people of the state of Idaho, I happily accept this.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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