Goodacre’s Sacajawea Design—Meet the Model
In creating her design for the original Sacajawea Dollar, Goodacre wanted to ensure the authenticity of Sacajawea’s features. And so she asked Randy’L He-Down Teton, a member of the Shoshone tribe, to serve as her model and inspiration.
Teton participated in many national events paying homage to the circulating Sacajawea design and spoke as a motivational speaker encouraging Native American education. She continues to be an active member of her tribe, making public appearances to bring attention to American Indian and Alaska Native issues. As Teton states: “The image doesn’t represent me; it represents all Native American women. All women have the dignity of the Golden Dollar’s image.”
“In 1998, when I first met Glenna Goodacre at her Santa Fe studio, she had a warm vibe, and I knew that we were destined to meet. Everything about the connection of the Sacajawea coin project worked out in our favor. The Sacajawea coin is one of her best-created works of art, and I am honored and humbled to have had worked with her on this historical project. Together, we captured the spirit of Sacajawea’s strength and grace as seen on the coin.”