Sacajawea dollar coin model to speak at the University of Idaho

MOSCOW, ID. — The model for the Sacajawea dollar coin, and member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, will be speaking at the University of Idaho.

Randy’L Teton will be speaking when the university dedicates the sculpture “Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste,” which was modeled after her.

According to the U.S. Mint, Teton is the youngest and only living model of U.S. currency. She is excited to share a tribal perspective of Sacajawea’s dedication.

“I’m happy to be part of this unveiling of the beautiful Sacajawea and to share with the faculty and students that this young lady served as a white flag to the U.S. expedition,” Teton said. “Her role at a young age of 14 was invaluable. This statute is a reminder of her knowledge and strength to endure two years of hard travels with a baby on her back.”

Two 1973 graduates of U of I, Rich and Sharon Allen, gifted the university the sculpture. It was made by Glenna Goodacre, who also designed the Sacajawea gold dollar coin.

The seven-foot, 600-pound sculpture shows Sacajawea looking up and holding a walking stick as her son, Jean-Baptiste, rests on her back.

“We are grateful and honored to have the opportunity to make a home for this beautiful and meaningful artwork,” said College of Art and Architecture Dean Shauna Corry. “We are proud to be stewards of Sacajawea and believe having her on our campus speaks to many people and offers the opportunity for rich discussions about culture, history and art.”

Teton will speak at 3 p.m. on September 30 at the Bruce M. Pitman Center’s Tribal Lounge in Moscow.

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