By Ana Maria Trujillo
His own bronze sculpture, Buffalo Dancer II, will be installed today in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
"It's a great feeling," Rivera said. "It will be nice to see one of my pieces as I'm running by."
The 12-feet-tall, 2,000-pound sculpture depicts a young man performing the Buffalo Dance.
"We've been doing the Buffalo Dance for many years now," Rivera explained. "We celebrate the animal—the buffalo—because it provides food and is part of the well being of the pueblo and it has been for centuries the livelihood of Native Americans across the country."