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“The Return” – A New Bronze on Main Street

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture announced the installation and celebration of Nez Perce artist Doug Hyde’s granite and bronze sculpture, ‘etweyéewise, which means, literally, “I return from a hard journey.” The celebration begins on Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Salmon will be served.

Artist Doug Hyde was born in Hermiston, Oregon, grew up at Lapwai, Idaho, went to the art school in Santa Fe, NM, and then to Vietnam. On his return, he learned to carve stone working in a monument yard in Lewiston. For the last 40 years he has worked in stone and bronze. Much of his recent work has been telling tribal stories in those mediums across the country. His bronze of Chief Joseph is at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., and at the Clearwater Casino near Lewiston.

And he will soon have a major piece—‘etweyé·wise (literally, “I return from a hard journey”) on Main Street in Joseph, Oregon. The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture received a generous grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to commission a Plateau Indian artist to design something special for the city. Joseph’s bronze streetscape has several sculptures depicting Indians, but none of them are the work of an Indian artist. The Josephy Center, with Oregon Community Foundation’s huge support, set out to change that.

Jurors from three reservations—Colville in Washington, Nez Perce in Idaho, and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in Oregon—sifted through several initial applications, and asked two artists, Doug Hyde and Yakima artist Toma Villa, to submit sketches of their 3-dimensional visions for the project.

Hyde’s conception is a granite wall with the outline of the mountains behind carved at its top, and the full-size figure of a Nez Perce woman carved out of the granite. The woman, in bronze, is walking back toward the mountains, toward the Wallowa. It is ‘etweyé·wise, return from a hard journey.

The sculpture will sit in the Josephy Center’s front yard, visible from Main Street. The installation and celebration of this work is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. There will be drums, and there will be salmon. All are invited, but elders and all tribal members are specially invited.

For more information, contact Rich Wandschneider at 541-432-0505, or rich.wandschneider@gmail com.