Artist Statement by Holly Theobald Dodge of Mankato - “Noble River” is a mural inspired by the rich and diverse history of the city of Mankato. The name Mankato derived from “Mahkato”, which means ‘the river where blue earth is gathered’. According to Mankato historian, Warren Upham, “...No more appropriate name could be given to the new city, than that of the noble river at whose mouth it is located." The colors represent the landscape that Mankato has grown from. The feathers emerging from the painting honor the Dakota Sioux that were indigenous to the area. There are 38 red streaks dispersed throughout the abstract landscape to commemorate the 38 Dakota Indians that were executed in 1862."