Day 148

Chief Kno-Tah

August 21st, 2010


  1. Kherri CLT via PDX says:

    I remember when that statue was put up at Shute Park, I was pretty young and remember the excitement the town had over it. He’s definitely in my old neck of the woods now. :-)

  2. John in MI says:

    Any history on who the chief was?

    • Ruthie in CA says:

      Ask and ye shall receive!

    • Norwood says:

      Not many people know that the word “Oregon” comes from the area Micmac tribe which is the name of their favorite dish — “a cooked dish of kernels of corn mixed with shell beans, esp. lima beans, and, often, with green and sweet red peppers.”

    • John in MI says:

      Thanks Kherri. Very cool.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Thanks Kherri for this link. That’s one thing I love about this site is the education I get. I clicked on this link and the link on that about the Trail of the Whispering Giants and found out there is one here in Akron, Ohio which is about an hour away from me. It was built in 1972 so it’s an old one. Would be neat to see about tracking it down. The artist is obviously very talented and determine just like Matt. Thanks Matt for this pic.

      • Christine says:

        I love it. I was born in 1972. I guess I am an old one!

      • Belle Zora says:

        Agree about the education on this site. The link to Harvey the rabbit led to links of interesting roadside attractions in my own area which led to mapping out a plan for the day to see them all (which included some serious walking).

    • MN Roxanne says:

      thanks for the link Kherri- great info- very cool artist!

    • Gigi says:

      Thanks for the link Kherri! Wow, the statue was carved by hand, Toth is definitely one talented artist.

    • charlie says:

      ….dedicated as Chief Kno-Tah in a ceremony featuring Native American activities such as singing and dancing….sounds silly, referencing ‘singing and dancing’ as ‘native american activities’. since those activities are not culture bound.

    • Donna says:

      This is very interesting. Given the lover of Native American Art that I am, this picture inspired me to read up on it more. Thanks, Matt, for posting this. I have discovered many things on your trek across the United States.

  3. MN Roxanne says:

    Love this statue… the expression on his face… beautiful carving…

    • Kherri CLT via PDX says:

      Another great link, thank you Karen Too.

    • Barb C. says:

      Karen too that is a great link. I lived in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio a suburb of Akron in the 70’s, never knew about this. But I have seen the carving at Bob Noble Park in Paducah, Ky. Didn’t know who did it or why, but Thanks to you I do now. Never too old to learn!!!!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Thank Karen Too, apparently Alabama has a Whispering Giant in Dothan, which is not too far South of where I live.

  4. Shute park….a memory of long ago and taking the family there for picnics, etc. I don’t remember the Indian Head though, but my husband said he did because he was Washington County Commissioner at that time and those things had to be ok’d.

  5. Candice in Alabama says:

    I love the serious expression of this carving. Thanks Matt for sharing Chief Kno-Tah and to the others for the informative links.

  6. Don in Tennessee says:

    Everyone beat me to posting the links but I was reading about the 74 statues with at least one in each state. The one in TN is in Cleveland which is close to Chattanooga off I-75. I will have to check this out since i only live about 1 hr and a half from Cleveland.

    Here is a site with information on the Peter Wolf Toth museum in Edgewood, FL.

    The site below has photos of all of the sculptures in the 50 states!

    I had my history lesson for the day. Thank you Matt.

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