Richard “ Whirlwind “Bryan
September 15. 1944 – May 27.2012
At an early age Richard Bryan learned the tradition of pipe carving from his father, George Bryan “Standing Eagle “. Soon carving became a necessity of his everyday life. He worked throughout his lifetime in the same quarry that his family has used for generations. He became a skilled and self-taught sculptor. His pipestone sculptures and other artwork are displayed at numerous museums around the country. He was employed at the Pipestone National Monument for more than 22 years, until his retirement in 1992. Richard passed away in his home in pipestone on May 27. His artistry in pipmaking and sculpture will remain a last tribute to him and the beautiful talent he shared with us.