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New Mexico to install statue of Pueblo Revolt leader


The state of New Mexico will be installing a statue of Po'pay, a leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., this year.

The statue was sculpted by Cliff Fragua of Jemez Pueblo. Once in place, it will be the only one in the hall created by an enrolled tribal member.

Fragua will officially debut the statue at an unveiling ceremony in San Juan Pueblo, where Po'pay lived in the 1600s, on May 21. The event is open to the public. [More Information]

The statue will then head to Washington for an installation ceremony in September. It will be 100th -- and final -- statue in the hall. Each state gets two representatives.

Other Native Americans in the hall include Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute woman who represents Nevada, Eastern Shoshone Chief Washakie of Wyoming and Sakakawea representing North Dakota.

Get the Story:
Pop's Statue Heading For Capitol (The Albuquerque Journal 5/8)

Relevant Links:
Cliff Fragua - http://www.singingstonestudio.com
National Statuary Hall Collection - http://www.aoc.gov/cc/art/nsh
National Statuary Hall Gallery - http://www.virtualology.com/hallofusa/nationalstatuaryhall

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