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Chief Massasoit

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 19 February 2015 in Art & Design.

This bronze sculpture, on the east side of the Capitol, is a tribute to the Indian chief who befriended the Pilgrims after they landed in Massachusetts. I wondered why this chief was so honored rather than an Indian from Utah. Here is what I learned.

The original statue was created by nationally known Utah artist Cyruss Dallin in 1921 and placed in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The original plaster figure was given to Utah by Dallin. In 1927, a foundation funded a second bronze to be cast. That's the one here. It was controversial at the time and a continuing debate resurfaces from time to time because the sculpture doesn't represent a local tribe. D'oh!

Utah State Capitol
Salt Lake City, Utah

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sur son beau socle quelle statue et en fond ces colonnes sueprbe.

19 Feb 2015 5:43am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The sculpture is great. Historical events are often controversial.

19 Feb 2015 5:55am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo

19 Feb 2015 6:26am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

But it is a beautifully crafted figure that at least respects heritage of the country.

19 Feb 2015 7:00am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great sculpture, and great image. Nice B&W.

19 Feb 2015 8:53am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

I find good to honor Indians for once ! superb image Steve !

19 Feb 2015 9:22am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Excellent N&B

19 Feb 2015 9:26am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo et un super B&W

19 Feb 2015 10:04am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very beautiful this statue in the body splendidly muscular. I like bw processing

19 Feb 2015 10:37am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot and powerful image - certainly an interesting contrast of cultures.

19 Feb 2015 11:11am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What an interesting story - a great statue here, I agree. I was wondering the same thing myself though....
I LOVE the detail in this B&W image, Steve! All the Best :-)

19 Feb 2015 11:16am

Pat. from France

In memory and rightfully for the Indian people!

19 Feb 2015 11:20am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great statue

19 Feb 2015 12:29pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

J'y vois comme une dignité ne sais pas pourquoi...;

19 Feb 2015 1:50pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Fantastic B&W shot. I like the stunning vertical images with columns.

19 Feb 2015 2:07pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture.

19 Feb 2015 2:19pm

Devi from Chennai, India

whatever the controversies..
the Chief looks great !!!!! Excellent bronze cast !

19 Feb 2015 3:20pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition and impressiv !

19 Feb 2015 3:27pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Nice use of the B&W - really brings the details out.

19 Feb 2015 4:02pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine black and white image with an excellent gradation of tones. Very well done.

19 Feb 2015 4:11pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The statue provides a real sense of grandeur if nothing else to the building behind
it, I think it is totally wonderful. If they don't like it I would take it home. 5*****'s!

19 Feb 2015 4:30pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Excellent b&w.:-)

19 Feb 2015 4:36pm

Veronique from Tarbes, France

Indians were my child secret dreams. There still are in a way.

19 Feb 2015 4:47pm

francesco from Turin, Italy

Quel beau noir et blanc...

19 Feb 2015 5:33pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is an imposing statue. I like the details and the way you composed this

19 Feb 2015 5:48pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

I like very much the effect of the detailed building as the image's backdrop.

19 Feb 2015 7:36pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Yes, that does make you wonder why this statue was chosen. A nicely-framed view with great tones in this B&W composition!!

19 Feb 2015 7:40pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

This statue is a strong icon for native americans...never mind the history of the local tribes...lovely statue and you have captured all the details perfectly!

19 Feb 2015 9:31pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent sculpture. Beautifully composed. :)

20 Feb 2015 8:17am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


20 Feb 2015 9:28am

Diana from Olympia, United States

A fine bronze you captured

20 Feb 2015 5:15pm