The statue known as Shining Raven Woman will live in an earthen dome where the Kettle River flows into the Granby.
It will take at least a year and a half before she gets there, said Grand Forks’ David Seven Deers, who hand-carved her out of a 3.5 ton slab of Canadian Shield.
The City committed to leveraging its partnerships with the provincial and federal governments to help fund the earthen lodge, according to the Friends of Shining Raven Women committee’s Regina Burroughs.
Seven Deers had meanwhile collected signatures of 37 community leaders who gave their support in a letter presented to Governor General Julie Payette and Mayor Brian Taylor. Both have since issued their own letters supporting the project.
The whole point was “to bring beauty into this wold that we live in,” Seven Deers said at his backyard studio in Grand Forks.
“This may be the last one I do,” he said, pointing at the statue whose name is Ikasha in Halkomelem, the language spoken by Seven Deers’ Coast Salish people.
“I had to do it the best I could, never thinking about where it goes or where it’s going to stay.”
The finished dome will span just over 30 feet, covered on the inside with Salish-themed paintings of creation.
Seven Deers said he would tour Ikasha across Germany and Canada between now and then.