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The Greeting and The Gift (2) | by Ray Horwath
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The Greeting and The Gift (2)

One half of the The Robert Russin sculpture grouping, "The Greeting and The Gift", which was commemorated on behalf of Wyomings participation of the United States Bicentennial Celebration. Dedicated on January 30, 1977.

 

This two piece grouping is present at the Wyoming Visitors Center located south of Cheyenne on I-25.

 

Per the inscription:

"The scene depicts a typical meeting of the Indian and the Mountain Man on the open plains of Wyoming during the time of western discovery and exploration in the early 1800's.

 

At such meetings offerings of friendship would take place. The Indian is holding out a ceremonial buffalo horn filled with Rocky Mountain "sweetwater".

 

While the Mountain Man brings several beaver skins stretched on rounds of Aspen branches. Note that the Mountain Man holds his Muzzle loading "long rifle" well away from his body with his hand over the muzzle to assure that it is harmless."

 

More information regarding Robert Russin can be found here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Russin

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Taken on October 2, 2009