Leaping Moose

Bronze edition: 20 | Height: 26″

A large bull Moose like this can reach 1200 lbs. with 4′ legs and a rack spanning 6′. The word Moose is derived from an Algonkian word meaning “twig eater”. It was the Moose that got the hunter-gatherer tribes of the north (like northern New England) through the winter. On the grueling march north following the raid on Deerfield (Mass.) in February 1704, the young captive Stephan Williams was carried on the shoulders of his Indian captor. To encourage young Stephan not to lose heart despite ¬†near starvation conditions, the old Indian (who effectively became like a grandfather to him) in broken English would often say: “Bye and bye plenty Moose.”