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India de Skowhegan


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Tipo: Estatuas

Categoría: Indios de Abenaki



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Continente: América

País: Estados Unidos

Localización: Skowhegan, Maine

Año: 1969

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:Skowhegan es una ciudad en el Condado de Somerset, Maine, Maine, en los Estados Unidos. En fecha el censo 2000, la población de la ciudad era 8.824. Incluye la aldea y el recurso de Lakewood, hogar de Skowhegan del teatro de Lakewood. Skowhegan recibe la feria anual del estado de Skowhegan, la más vieja feria continua de los Estados Unidos, cada agosto del estado. La escuela de Skowhegan del arte es un programa internacionalmente sabido de la implantación para los artistas visuales, aunque está situada técnico en Madison del este vecina.


Las caídas de Skowhegan, que han sido substituidas por la presa de Weston, descendieron 28 pies sobre una media milla en el río Kennebec. Las caídas eran una destinación popular para los indios de Abenaki. A partir del resorte hasta caída, la tribu pescó aquí, donde la especie de color salmón y otra abundante podría ser cogida vadeando. Por lo tanto, nombraron el área “Skowhegan” (que pronunciaron “Skoohegan”), significando un “lugar que esperaba” o el “lugar para mirar.” Coronel Benedict Arnold y sus tropas pasó con Skowhegan en 1775 en su manera encima del río Kennebec a Quebec.


World's Tallest Indian

Skowhegan's big brave is easily the World's Tallest Indian, though he is too skinny to be the World's Largest Indian (height x radius squared x pi).

He is 62 feet tall atop a 20-foot-tall base. He appears to be carved out of raw pine trees, with legs like telephone poles. The World's Tallest Indian was erected in 1969 in observance of Maine's 150th anniversary, created by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), a sculptor from Old Town who attended the local art school.

The statue is dedicated to Maine's Abnaki Indians, who are known to have helped the Pilgrims make it through a couple of bad winters. In their heyday, the Abnaki dressed even more comfortably than the statue's crate-like attire suggests. No tomahawk-waving Mohawk with a mohawk here -- this Abnaki gentlemen is content to clutch a fish trap resembling too-skinny scaffolding.

The engraved wooden sign at the statue's base reads: "Dedicated to the Maine Indians, the first people to use these lands in peaceful ways." On the back of the base is the message: "Copyright 1969, Skowhegan Hospitality Association."

A popular 1970s postcard helped to make this out-of-the-way Indian widely known -- but subsequent decades of Maine weather beat up the Indian, leaving him barely recognizable and hidden behind tall trees. The town rallied to his aid, and a year-long restoration project saw the Indian returned to like-new condition on Sept. 13, 2014.


About the Indian

The Skowhegan Indian was built in 1969 by Maine artist Bernard Langlais and stands today as the world’s tallest statue of a sculpture of an American Indian (62 foot figure on 20 foot base). The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce owns the sculpture, which is located on the edge of a parcel of land owned by the Town of Skowhegan on High Street near the corner of Madison Ave and behind the Cumberland Farms in downtown Skowhegan (see map). It is contstructed of wooden cladding attached to a steel beam set in a poured concrete base.

The Restoration

Building contractor Steve Dionne of Dionne & Son Builders is currently contracted to handle restoration work. Dionne is preceded by Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation, who assessed the structure, began restoration/stabilization work, and facilitated paint analysis. Al Hodson of Resurgance Engineering and Preservation, Inc. completed the structural analysis and Susan Buck of Williamsburg, Virginia completed the paint analysis. Since 2006, Dionne has stabilized the sculpture and moved its structurally unstable arm and weir into temporary storage. In early 2013 Steve Dionne harvested the lumber necessary for the restoration and had it sawn by Black Stream Lumber in Canaan, who delivered it back to Dionne’s property where it is currently drying. Restoration work is on schedule for late summer of 2014.

Fundraising for the Sculpture is Complete!

The Indian Restoration Committee reached their $65,000 goal in April of 2014. Of that, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce raised about $22,000 before the Indian Restoration Committee formed; the Restoration Committee has raised about $33,000 from private foundations, t-shirt sales, and fundraisers; and the Town of Skowhegan has contributed $10,000 (decided by popular vote at Town Meeting on June 10, 2013). Main Street Skowhegan convened this committee in the fall of 2012 to assist the Chamber in fundraising. To buy an Indian Restoration t-shirt or to contribute toward the sculpture’s ongoing maintenance fund, contact the Chamber.

Landscaping Improvements

Main Street Skowhegan is now raising funds for landscaping improvements around the sculpture based on a design by Lucky Rock Design. (see sketch below). The Skowhegan Board of Selectmen approved at their meeting on August 12, 2014 the Main Street Skowhegan Design Committee’s plan for landscaping improvements around the Skowhegan Indian. The plan includes a plaza area, a new sign, a granite bench, boulders, and low-maintenance plantings. The granite bench will be in memoriam of Lawrence O. Sylvain, the Skowhegan area contractor who erected Langlais’s sculpture in 1969 and poured its concrete base. Funding for this bench was provided by Paul and Irene Sylvain. Contact us if your company would like to see the RFP. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation toward these landscaping improvements.


Posted March 13, 2013

Skowhegan Indian statue project seeks $10K from town

The cost of restoring the iconic 62-foot sculpture created by Bernard Langlais is estimated at $65,000.

By Doug Harlow Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN — A local building contractor who helped turn the old county jail downtown into a working grist mill and agricultural hub updated selectmen Tuesday night on restoration of the Skowhegan Indian statue.

Steve Dionne, who also bought the former Grange hall nearby with grist mill owner Amber Lambke, told selectmen that fundraising to repair the iconic 62-foot sculpture continues and he hopes voters will contribute $10,000 at the annual Town Meeting in June.


Posted July 4

Work begins to restore American Indian statue in Skowhegan

The iconic statue was completed by Bernard Langlais in 1969 as a tribute to Maine’s American Indian tribes.

By Doug Harlow Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN — Work got underway this week on the long-awaited restoration of the iconic Skowhegan Indian sculpture. Scaffolding has been erected, and workers have been climbing into position to begin restoring the 62-foot statue by the late Maine artist Bernard Langlais.

The Indian, completed by Langlais in 1969 as a tribute to Maine’s American Indian tribes, was made from carved sections of hemlock over a period of three years. The sculpture is owned by the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It feels wonderful. It really does,” said Cory King, the Chamber’s executive director. “For so many years of talking about it, to see the work starting, it legitimizes our efforts and it lets people know this is really happening. It’s actually here.”

Work by Dionne and Son Builders, of Skowhegan, will continue through late August. The Chamber will hold an unveiling ceremony, currently scheduled for Sept. 13. Steve Dionne, who was hired to spearhead the restoration in 2006, said fundraising began in 2003 with a committee, which now has a Facebook page.

Dionne also bought the former Grange hall nearby with grist mill owner Amber Lambke and did the work of converting the 1865 Somerset County Jail into the Somerset Grist Mill and its associated businesses.





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