Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chief Joseph

Out in front of the Phippen Art Museum in Prescott stands this impressive sculpture. 
The inscription reads 
"From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever" 
Chief Joseph
Nez Perce

9 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Interesting story behind the statue the rest of his words were.

"Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever"

I think it was an awful thing that happened to the native Americans that there people were pushed around like that by settlers for the land

Thérèse said...

Quite a dignified posture!
Something upon which to reflect, thanks Bill for the whole text.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm thinking Chief Joseph must have been very depressed when he said that. Sounds to me like he was giving up hope for himself and his people.

Sharon Anck said...

That statue is wonderful and it's setting is stunning.

Lowell said...

The statue comprises a moving tribute to a great leader. The story of his tribe is like so many others and very sad.

William Kendall said...

A powerful sculpture, and a great man. What was done to his tribe in particular was one of the worst injustices in the history of the West.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

It is sad the way the Native Americans were treated. Also the way the African Americans were treated. It's about time we all treat each other correctly.

Randy said...

Wow, I love that sculpture.

Kathy said...

Chief Joseph was indeed a great man.