Posted by: ushistoryfiles | May 9, 2009

Chieftan Carving

After watching the PBS Trail of Tears documentary the other day, I did a google search for Native American sites in my area.  I’ll post more about them this summer, but Red Clay State Park, the Vann House, and New Echota are all pretty close to where I live.  I wanted to see if there was anything else in my area.  A cabin, a marker, anything really.  Lo and behold I stumble upon the following:

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There is a small plaque on it that reads :

“Cherokee Chieftan”

Monument

Sculpted by Peter Toth

1973

It seems that Peter Toth is a Hungarian sculptor now living in the United States.  Evidently in the 70s and 80s he sculpted a variety of Native American heads and they are on display around the country.  The following link provides a list:  http://www.gbkphoto.com/pages/peter_wolf_toth.htm.  If you have one near your hometown go check it out; and take a picture or two.

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