“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Design Selected to Honor Native American Veterans
Oklahoma American Indian artist Harvey Pratt has been selected to design the Smithsonian's new National Native American Veterans Memorial. Pratt, a Cheyenne and Arapaho artist based in Guthrie, OK, was unanimously selected as the winner of the National Native American Veterans Memorial design contest. The Vietnam War veteran is an internationally known painter, sculptor, and forensic artist -- he retired last year as the forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation after a more than 50-year career in law enforcement. The groundbreaking for the new memorial, titled “Warriors’ Circle of Honor,” is slated for September 21st, 2019, and it is slated to open to the public in late 2020. The design brings together symbols and elements common to many native traditions: fire, water, wind, drums, the cardinal points, and the circle shape. Pratt said he hopes his memorial design will make native veterans who served in any of the military’s five branches feel welcome. “Native people, we’re the same, but we’re different,” he explained. See the new design and read more here.