My Turn: The story behind Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe |

My Turn: The story behind Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe

Carole SeskoSpecial to the Sun
Submitted to Carole Seskoandamp;#8217;s Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe sculpture hung at the Tahoe City Wye as part of the two-month art installation andamp;#8220;Detours Tahoe City.andamp;#8221; The person(s) responsible for its theft are asked to please return it to the Gatekeeperandamp;#8217;s Museum, no questions asked.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; I am the artist who created the Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe sculpture. It was part of the Detours Tahoe City outdoor art exhibit, in which I was invited to participate. Each artist selected a site. I picked the grassy area near Fanny Bridge. We were asked to create an installation that was relevant to our site. This led me to study the Washoe tribe, the original inhabitants of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Washoe culture is described as peaceful, based on principles of cooperation and respect, with very little environmental impact. They believed the land people, and language were intertwined. Their place name for the land around the outlet of the Truckee River is Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe. I decided to re-introduce the place name as my art project, simply hoping it would lead people to think about the Washoe way of life. I constructed a hanging sculpture out of recycled metal, painted in bright colors. The drawing and site photo were approved by the TCPUD prior to installation.Aug. 4 was installation day. Seeing it in place, I felt the word had impact. The installation was scheduled to hang until Sept. 30. On Aug. 19, I discovered Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe was missing. I figured someone had thought it would make a great Lake Tahoe souvenir.The plot thickened on Aug. 23 when the Sierra Sun published Bob Sweigertandamp;#8217;s column andamp;#8220;Grasshopper Soup: Beauty is in the eye of the art thief.andamp;#8221; Bob described the theft in great detail, as relayed to him by someone who witnessed the act. Bob stated that he thought about cutting the artwork down himself. He expressed that he felt it blocked his view of the lake. Evidently, the art had created controversy.I decided to write to Bob directly. I apologized to him if the sculpture offended or blocked anyoneandamp;#8217;s view, and asked for his help in spreading the word that Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe can be dropped off at the Gatekeeperandamp;#8217;s Museum, any time day or night, no questions asked.Stealing art is not applaudable. Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe was not a rash idea or designed to be an eyesore. It was presented as a nod to a gentle people who were here first, loved Lake Tahoe, and lived in harmony with each other and their environment.Now that Dabayoandamp;#8217;duwe is gone, I hope the focus of the Tahoe City Wye is not just a bridge with fannies on it.andamp;#8212; Carole Sesko is a mixed-media artist based in Truckee. Her artwork can-be viewed at

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