Oklahoma Capitol With Statue, “As Long As The Waters Flow”


Oklahoma Capitol With Statue,  “As Long As The Waters Flow

Allan Houser’s monumental tribute to Native Americans, As Long As the Waters Flow, was dedicated on June 4, 1989. Among those in attendance was legendary Comanche medicine man George Woogee Watchetaker, traditional Indian flute players Doc Tate Nevaquaya and Woodrow Haney, as well as Governor Henry Bellmon. Watchetaker led a prayer of dedication and conducted a native ritual by use of smoke from burning cedar chips and sage. The traditional elements of the dedication held true to the powerful meaning of legacy within the statue. As Long As the Waters Flow refers to President Andrew Jackson’s vow to Native Americans that they shall posses their land “as long as the grass grows and the rivers run.” The fifteen-foot bronze statue exudes Houser’s artistic style. Lacking intricate representative detailing, the large solid planes among the surface denote strength within an everlasting presence. Her traditional attire is complete with an eagle feather fan, which is considered a sacred symbol among Native American cultures.


 Allan (far right) at 1989 dedication of “As Long as the Waters Flow” at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building.

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