Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Tribal College Art Students to Replicate Artifacts Found by Lewis and Clark

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Tribal College Art Students to Replicate Artifacts Found by Lewis and Clark

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BISMARCK, N.D.

The United Tribes Technical College's Art and Art Marketing program has been contracted by a Virginia foundation to replicate artifacts collected by Lewis and Clark and given to President Thomas Jefferson.

Six students enrolled in the college program will use a mix of high-tech equipment and ancient craftsmanship to replicate 16 items, including American Indian war clubs, arrows, a shield, lance and tomahawk, says Wayne Prune, chairman of the art program.

The college was approached by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation to do the work. The items were collected during the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago, but the whereabouts of the originals is a mystery, Prune says.

Jefferson "died deeply in debt and they auctioned off a lot of stuff. They haven't been able to find much of it," he says.

The items will be added to the permanent collection at Monticello, Jefferson's plantation home near Charlottesville, Va. …

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