Sculptor Douglas Van Howd uses a hot blade to shape the core of his statue titled Maidu Dancer, on which he will later apply clay to create a mold.
The statue is planned to be displayed at Central Square in Downtown Auburn.
Auburn artist Douglas Van Howd is crafting the piece.
Van Howd said he has done a lot of work for UAIC in the past, and is looking forward to having a piece of his art in Downtown Auburn after living in the area for 40 years.
"I'm very honored to do it," Van Howd
"I enjoy things like this.
It's going to be a nice piece in town.
I do live here and it represents my work.
They wanted me to represent their culture and I did a lot of research on this."
has a lot of experience creating life-sized statues.
"This is a fun one to do because usually I'm doing some senator or something that's sort of boring to begin with," he
"The research of this is really neat.
I went to their dances they had at the Maidu Museum
when they had a cultural day.
They had the dancers come in and they had their costumes on.
And they did their dances, and I was amazed at how every dance is a program."
said the dancer will be wearing a skin robe around his
waist, has a headdress of woodpecker tail feathers and is barefoot.
In his hands he has a small deer antler and a hollowed out willow that works as a rattle.
should be finished in about four months and the statue, which will be about 5-foot-6-inches tall when standing, could be ready to go up in September.
"I think any art that you add in town is going to add a lot to the community," Van Howd