Doors to the Original Senate Chamber, by Lee Lawrie.

These were carved by Keats Lorenz, and later polychromed. The designs come from examples of American Indian relics owned by Hartley Burr Alexander. He chose these images to depict the Indian Tree of Life. Also shown are the morning star and the evening sun.  A giant Thunderbird symbolizes the bringing of rain to the land, which is the basis of all life in the state.

The woman stands atop a turtle, symbolic of fertility and the male stands upon the otter, symbolic of wisdom, according to Alexander. These images have been saturated to bring out their original colors. The color palette  is derived from native American beadwork.  








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