The   monument

In this display area is a maquette (small version of a full sculpture) of the bronze monument to The Exodus that stands outside the Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Center. The sculpture was created by Native American artist Doug Hyde, a Nez Perce/Assiniboine-Cree Indian residing in Prescott.

 

The long march of February 27, 1875 is a crucial date that forever changed the course of their history for years to come. The bronze sculpture depicts a man carrying his wife in a large basket during the long march. The actual incident is corroborated by notes from Army Field Surgeon William Corbusier who was stationed in Camp Verde during the Indian Wars who described how a feeble Apache or Yavapai man cut two holes in a basket for the legs of his ill wife whom he carried for the 188 miles to the internment camp. 

" . . . the long, silent, and sad procession slowly passed with all their belongings on heir backs. One old man placed his aged and decrepit wife in a burden basket, with her feet hanging out, and carried her on his back, almost all the way. He refused help, except at stream crossings, where he allowed a trooper to take her across on his horse. Over the roughest country, through thick brush and rocks, day after day, he struggled along with his precious burden . . uncomplaining."   --- William Corbusier.

 

The monument honors the strength of the human spirit possessed by this anonymous old man and wife, as well as all those on that journey and those who possessed the courage and persistence to survive and return to their homelands.