Statue of History
I once visited Ellis Island where I was reminded how much of our country’s population is made up of immigrants or descendants of immigrants. I found it ironic that The Statue of Liberty-depicting a strong, defiant woman dressed in a legal gown, emoting concentrated power-was the first symbolic imagery immigrants would see when arriving to the shores of New York City at the turn of the century. I know our history would be very different if we actually honored a more true representation of who should be welcoming foreigners to our country. Instead of posturing with laws, this statue of a Native American medicine man holding a peace pipe rises high above the harbor, carrying a less arrogant posture and facial expression while being more spiritually thoughtful. This is the statue I would want to see upon my arrival to the shores of the United States.