Local artist Duane Goodwin's latest sculpture honors Indigenous people
October 24, 2022
Oct. 22—BEMIDJI — It was only fitting that Duane Goodwin's most recent sculpture was dedicated on Indigenous People's Day, Oct. 10. The Bemidji artist created the nine-ton stone sculpture at the Mississippi River Park in Grand Rapids, Minn., this summer.
It depicts a Native American woman holding a dish as an offering to the river. Carved into the square base are fish that are commonly found in the Mississippi.
With help from two of his nephews, Nate Yost and Patrick Warren, Goodwin spent two months carving, grinding and sanding the limestone rocks, which came from the Winona, Minn., area. He was contracted by the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission. A crowd of about 200 was on hand for the dedication, and many of those in attendance watched Goodwin's progress this past summer.