Category: The Busts

Major Robert Rogers

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 27″

“The great and fundamental principle of [the Indians] policy is that every man is naturally free and independent, that no one on earth has the right to deprive him of his freedom and independence and that nothing can be a compensation for the loss of it. …Among …

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Warhawk

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 33″

“None of the most famous heroes of rome have discovered a greater love of their country or a greater contempt of death than these people.”

The 5 nations of the Iroquois league (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca) were governed at the highest level by the grand council …

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Uncas

Bronze edition: 7 | Height: 36″

A.K.A. “Le Cerf Agile”  (Bounding Elk)

“Such an unblemished specimen of the
noblest proportions of man.”

Uncas, son of Chingachgook, the fictional character of James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last Of The Mohicans”, who is first introduced by him in the following passage:  “…there was no concealment to his dark, …

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Sconondoa (Shenandoah)

Bronze edition: 20 | Height 30″

“Sconondoa, an incredibly old and frail chief of the Oneidas, rose to speak at a treaty negotiation between the British and the Iroquois at Albany, N.Y. The date was July 17, 1752. No one knew how old he was but no white man present knew him except …

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Sassacus

Bronze edition: 25 | Height: 30″

In the early 1630’s Sassacus “held dominion over part of Long Island, over the Mohegan, over the sagamores of Quinapeake (New Haven), yea over all the people that dwelt upon Connecticut River, and over some of the southerly inhabitants of the Nipmuck Country about Quinabaug.” (Shelburne/Brookfield, Mass.)

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Pontiac

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 30″ (with base)

“According to Canadian tradition, he was not above middle height, though his muscular figure was cast in a mold of remarkable symmetry and vigor…his features had a bold and stern expression; while his habitual bearing was imperious and peremptory, like that of a man accustomed to sweep …

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Ononkwaya

Ononkwaya (An Oneida Chief)

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 24″

“I had always supposed, heretofore, that the paintings and the busts I had seen of the Roman Emperors, represented the ideal of artists rather than men who had actually ever existed… until I came to this country (the land of the Hurons/Iroquois). For among …

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Molly Molasses

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 29″

Molly Molasses, the Grandmother of all Penobscot, still frequents our streets, receiving kindly coppers from the third generation of those who have known her as an old woman. She has no fixed idea of her own age, but it must be considerably over a hundred. Though much …

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The Mohican

(“Chingachgook, le Gros Serpent”)

Bronze edition: 7 | Height: 34″ (with base)

James Fenimore Cooper’s fictional character, Chingachgook was supposedly the “last” of the Mohicans. They were called “Mahican” from the Dutch ‘Mahikander’, meaning ‘river people’ and their homeland was along much of the Hudson River Valley. An Algonkian people, they became trading partners with the …

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Minavivana

“Le Grand Sauteur”

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 28″ (with base)

“Englishman, although you have conquered the French, you have not conquered us!”

“Minavivana appeared to be about 50 years of age, he was well over 6′ in height and had in his countenance an indescribable mixture of good and evil. Looking steadfastly at …

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Kiotsaeton

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 34″

“On the 5th of July, 1645, the Iroquois reappeared at Three Rivers (Quebec), bringing with them two men of renown, ambassadors of the Mohawk Nation. The chief of the Iroquois was Kiosaeton of impressive size and symmetry. Standing erect in the prow of the French sailboat that had …

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King Philip

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 32″

“Metacomet”, son of Massasoit, who had welcomed the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, lived to see his large territory dwindle in the face of the insatiable English appetite for land. Rather than submit to a humiliating subjugation he launched “King Philips War” (1675-1676). It was the last great …

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Kateri Tekakwitha (St. Katherine)

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 30″

Kateri Tekakwitha was a Mohawk girl born in 1656. Soon after birth, she was scarred for life by a smallpox epidemic which took the life of every member of her family. Later, despite the hostility of most of the people of her village, she was converted to Catholicism by …

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Joseph Brant

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 32″ (with base)

“In the features of Brant may be seen the personification of the aristocratic, cruelly domineering Iroquois, natural men who are impassioned lovers of freedom and warfare …”

“Truly a man of two worlds,” feared by American colonists as the “monster Brant” – a war chief of the Mohawk …

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Guyasuta

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 28″

Seneca Warrior  (c. 1708 ? – 1798)

Guyasuta was conspicuous at the defeats of General Braddock (1755) and of Major Grant at Fort Duquense (1758), the battles of Bushy Run and Devil’s hole in 1763, and the destruction of Hannahstown, Pennsylkvania during the Revolutionary War in 1782. Early chronicles …

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Grangula

Bronze edition: 10 | Height: 24″

“He was an astute old savage, well trained in the arts of Iroquois rhetoric and gifted with the power of strong and caustic sarcasm…He shared with most of his countrymen the conviction that in all the earth there was nothing so great as the league of the Iroquois.”

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Garakontie

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 32″

Garakontie was seen by his contemporaries as “the most noted man among all the Iroquois.” He may claim from us recognition as the greatest American diplomat of the 17th century.

He was, for a quarter century, “first among equals” among the “50 Confederate Lords” who ruled over the league …

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Deono:gwe-ga:ha

Bronze edition: 10 | Height: 24″

Dances in the Wind

“These people are the most beautiful and have them most civil customs that we have found on this voyage. They are taller than we are … the face is clear-cut … the eyes are black and alert … and their manner is very swet …

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Cornplanter (1732-1836)

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 32″

“He lived in simple style, surrounded with plenty and practicing a rude hospitality while his sway was kind and patriarchal”.

Thus is “Cornplanter” described in his old age by a writer of the 1830s. “Cornplanter” (literally from the Seneca “Kiiontwogke”, meaning “what one plants”) earned fame in his youth …

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Cherokee

Bronze edition: 9 | Height: 32″

This is a study for the monumental bronze honoring the Cherokee, unveiled along the banks of the Tennessee River and is the first freestanding bronze statue in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Also see the model for the Cherokee monument called Noble Savage.

Footnote: The three letters signifying Cherokee …

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