International Fiberglass Indian Statues (page 1)

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The Indian statue evolved from the original Paul Bunyan model. The head was completely new and could be accessorized with either a few feathers as the Indian Brave or with a full headdress as the Indian Chief. The Indian's bare chested upper torso was also new. The lower torso was similar to the Paul Bunyan statue but with pants that came down to the ankles. The Indian hand position was entirely different with the right hand raised in a wave or an Indian "How!" salute. The left arm was straight down at the Indian's side. These statues are 23 feet tall. The sculptures from which the molds were made were created by Bill Swan.

It is believed that these statues were originally developed for Mohawk gas stations in California. However, without an exclusive contract, the statues were marketed to Pontiac dealerships and other businesses. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Bakersfield, CA
Powder Springs, GA
This Indian statue in Bakersfield is located next to Ethel's Old Corral Cafe. The statue originally stood at a traffic circle in front of a tire store. He was later moved to Standard Junior High School where he was to be the mascot for the school's "Warriors" sports teams. However, after 17 years in a vacant lot, it never happened. He was then moved to his current location. For more, see this website. [map]

This Indian statue in Powder Springs stands behind the stadium bleachers at McEachern High School which is home to the McEachern Indians. In 1966, this statue was installed at the Taber Pontiac dealership in Atlanta's Buckhead section. In 1973, the statue was moved here.

Chicago, IL
This Indian statue is installed on the roof of Capitol Cigar. He has an Eye Care Center sign bolted to his chest. This statue appeared in the movie "Wayne's World." Sometime between 2001 and 2006, eyeglasses were added to this statue and his Eye Care sign was replaced or repainted with "Eye Can See Now". By 2021, the store below was housing Family Dental. The eyeglasses and sign on the statue's chest were gone. [map]

Paul Bunyan & Indian
2001: in Palatine, IL
2009 & 2012 in Crystal Lake, IL
The Indian and Paul Bunyan statues were previously located at Ozzi Waterpark and Go Cart Park. The statues may have come from Adventureland, an amusement park in Addison, IL which closed in 1977. Both statues were missing their feet when the photos above were taken around 2001. They were probably sawed off when they were moved from their original location. Ozzi's closed in 2007 and these statues soon disappeared.

In 2009, these statues reappeared at the Greenhouse of Crystal Lake garden center. Both statues were restored but are still missing their feet. The Bunyan is a "Service Man" model which were clean-shaven. His beard was painted on later. [map]

Montpelier, IN
This Indian statue has been here since 1984 when he was given to the city by Larry P. Godfroy. He is the great-grandson of Francois Godfroy, the last war chief of the Miami Indians who once inhabited the area. This statue was originally installed around 1969 at the Dave Waite Pontiac [photo thanks Terry Nelson] dealership in Indianapolis, IN. He was known as the "Big Chief". The fringe detail is not original. [map]

North Judson, IN
This Indian statue is installed in front of Richard's of Toto, a huge store selling close-out merchandise. This statue was repainted sometime between 2004 and 2007. The statue was previously located at the Enchanted Forest in Chesterton, IN. [map]

Indian [gone]
Brookston, IN
This Indian statue was located at Camp Tecumseh, a YMCA camp. The statue was previously located at a car dealership in Gary, IN. It was moved here in 1973. Around 2021, the statue was taken down out of political correctness. It is not known where he wound up but he is no longer at the camp.

Mohawk Motors
Shirley, MA
This Indian statue was previously located at Benson's Wild Animal Park in Hudson, NH. In the late 1980s, the park closed and the Indian was moved here to promote the Mohawk Club, a nightclub. When the Mohawk Club closed, the building was used by the Mohawk Gift and Antique Shop. Mohawk Motors, a used car dealership, has been the business there now for many years. The statue fell over once and had his right arm stolen. A replacement arm was created. For more, see this website. [map]

Battle Lake, MN
This Indian statue pays tribute to Chief Wenonga. It has been here since at least the 1980s. This is the rarer style Indian statue with the turquoise necklace, fringed pants, and broader face. [map]

Bemidji, MN
Lake Ozark, MO
This Indian statue in Bemidji is meant to represent Nanabozho. According to Ojibwe legend, Nanabozho beat Paul Bunyan to death with a fish for destroying so many trees. This statue stands in front of Morelo's Chippewa Trading Post, directly across the street from Bemidji's Paul Bunyan and Babe statues. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Indian statue in Lake Ozark stood at the entrance to Two-Bit Town since 1971 until 2016. These photos are from 2010. The statue was purchased directly from International Fiberglass. The statue is known as Injun Joe and as Chief Bagnell, named after the nearby Bagnell Dam. Two-Bit Town was located directly across the street from an International Fiberglass Mortimer Snerd statue which is currently being restored. Two-Bit Town was closed by 2013 but this Indian statue remained. In 2016, it was restored and installed at the original location. [map]

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