John Kinkade and Denny Haskew of the National Sculptors' Guild are in Shakopee, MN to install "I Once Rode Free" at the entrance of the city .
Working quickly this morning in 27-degree temps, the NSG and Shakopee team secured the twice life-sized bronze bas-relief to its new home.
Denny was inspired by a quote from Chief Sakpe, "Over these hills I once rode free upon my horse." The sculpture shows Chief Sakpe standing next to his horse overlooking the land. Chief Shakpee and 37 of his fellow warriors were hanged for defending their home.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe of Mdewakanton Dakota people, located southwest of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, within parts of the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee. Mdewakanton, pronounced Mid-ah-wah-kah-ton, means "dwellers at the spirit waters." Tribal members are direct lineal descendants of Mdewakanton Dakota people who resided in villages near the banks of the lower Minnesota River. A line of leaders known as Chief Sakpe were spokesmen for their village. The first Sakpe pronounced Shock-pay, meaning "six," was named by his people as such after his wife bore sextuplets. The City of Shakopee later developed near this site and was named for these prominent leaders.
National Sculptors' Guild charter member Denny Haskew recently completed a bronze depiction of the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield when asked by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to create the tribal shield for display in their beautiful new hotel... JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. We are honored to be a small part of this impressive new space.
Inside the medicine wheel on the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield is a pipe, or canupa, which stands for prayer between man and a higher power. When the tribes gathered, the pipe was smoked in thanks for everyone being together. The buffalo skull, a religious symbol, is part of the altar during the sun dance. The arrow and ax are symbols of bravery. The tipi stands for the meeting tipi for the Dakota tribes. The seven feathers stand for the seven council fires, which make up the Dakota Nation.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to