Sacajawea Model, Scholar to Speak at U of I Sculpture Dedication

The model for the Sacajawea dollar coin and Shoshone-Bannock Tribe member, Randy’L Teton, will speak at the University of Idaho on Friday when the university dedicates the sculpture, “Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste,” modeled after her.

Teton will speak at a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Bruce M. Pitman Center’s Tribal Lounge in Moscow. Representing Sacajawea and her story, Teton is the “youngest and only living model” on U.S. currency.

Vandal alumnae Rich and Sharon Allen, both 1973 graduates, gifted U of I the sculpture. The work is one of 12 similar sculptures created by prominent artist Glenna Goodacre, who also designed the Sacajawea gold dollar coin. Goodacre died in 2020.

The seven-foot tall, 600 lbs. bronze sculpture depicts Sacajawea looking upward and holding a walking stick as her baby son, Jean-Baptiste, rests on her back.