Wood from Sam Durant’s ‘Scaffold’ to Be Buried According to Dakota Elders

September 6th, 2017

Sam Durant's Scaffold, via Star TribuneWood from artist Sam Durant’s controversial piece Scaffold will be buried, according to the ruling of Dakota elders committee. “The wood has a spiritual nature that is inherent to itself in Lakota Dakota tradition,” says Ronald P. Leith, a member of the Dakota elders committee. “Of the four elements — fire, water, air, earth — you cannot use any of the elements in a disparaging fashion without putting yourself in a position of being disrespectful. To use fire to burn this wood that has a negative stigma attached to it — that is not allowed.”

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