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Asheville, NC (now Pontiac, MI)
This Indian statue was installed in 1967 at the "Harry's on the Hill" Pontiac dealership (now Harry's Cadillac-Pontiac-GMC). The statue had his feather stolen about 20 years ago but it was returned. The photos above are from 2001 and 2007. In 2018, the statue was removed after a conversation with a Native American customer who found the statue disrespectful. The statue was donated to the Pontiac Transportation Museum in Pontiac, MI. The statue was restored by Mark Cline in Virginia. In 2021, the statue was installed in the museum lobby. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Asheville, NC
Edneyville, NC
This Indian statue in Asheville is known as Chief Willy. It is located in front of Erwin High School. The school's sports teams are called the "Warriors" and the "Lady Warriors" (previously the "Squaws"). In 2001, there was much debate about removing the statue for being racially offensive, but he still stands. These photos are from 2007. By 2011, the statue had been repainted a solid color gold color. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This Indian statue in Edneyville is part of the simulated Western town known as Bub Hyder's Ranch. There is also an International Fiberglass Paul Bunyan statue, a couple of steer statues and a Chip's figure. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Cherokee, NC
This Indian statue stood in front of an old souvenir store when these photos were taken in 2007. At that time, he was flanked by two smaller Indian statues. By 2010, the store behind him had become the Indian Ink Tattoo Studio. I believe the smaller Indians were gone before that. The larger Indian then went missing part of his headdress. The store closed and the statue was moved to storage. In 2021, the statue emerged at Native Brews Tap & Grill with a fresh coat of paint and a single feather. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Riverhead, NY
This Indian statue stands in front of the Riverhead Raceway. The Raceway has been here since 1949. The statue was purchased from the Danbury Fair in Connecticut when it closed in 1980. In 2012, the Indian was split in half during Hurricane Sandy. It was restored and reinstalled. [map]

Indian [gone]
Middletown, NY
This Indian statue was located at the Orange County Fairgrounds since the 1970s. It was previously installed at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT where there were three International Fiberglass Indian statues: two Chiefs and one Brave. There was also an Indian head. This vintage photo of the statue at the Fair shows that the statue already had a funky body there. His head appeared to be from International Fiberglass but the body appeared to be a replication.

While in Middletown, Chief Towaco was painted on the statue's base. It had been duct-taped together and repainted many times. The statue stood in the Indian Village area of the fairgrounds. I suspect its out-of-the-way location on the property made him vulnerable to vandalism. In 2012, the statue was removed and destroyed.

I-90 Indian
Irving, NY

Big Indian Smoke Shop
Irving, NY
These two giant Indians are located on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation territory. The I-90 Indian was originally installed in 1966 at the Iroquois Brewery in Buffalo, NY. When the statue was there, he held a bottle of beer in his outstretched right hand. In the late 1950s, the statue was sold and moved to the Seneca Pottery and Gift Shop in East Avon, NY. The owners had his hand and bottle cut off and replaced with a saluting hand. When that business closed in 1998, the giant Indian was sold and moved here. In 2012, the statue was knocked over and damaged by vandals. The owners moved the statue from the Big Indian Smoke Shop over to the interstate while the statue was repaired. The repaired statue is now back at the store. For more, see this website. [store map]

The Big Indian Smoke Shop Indian was located just behind the I-90 Indian at this gas station and cigarette store. The Big Indian Smoke Shop probably owns both statues. The arm of this statue has been rotated for a palm up position. In 2016, this statue was still on the interstate. [I-90 map]

Clinton, OK


Calumet, OK


This Indian statue was installed in 1967 at the Howe Chevrolet dealership in El Reno, OK. It was known as the "Big Indian Chief". The statue was moved a few times when the dealership moved. There were two locations in El Reno and a third in Clinton, OK. The statue's nickname was "Mr. Howe". By 2010, the statue had been repainted and moved to Indian Trading Post & Art in Calumet. [map]

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