Cherokee Street statue removed after community vote
A Cherokee-American statue has been removed from a street corner where it has stood since the 1980s. The statue, which appeared above the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and Jefferson Street, has been moved to the National Center for the Building Arts in Sugate, Illinois.
Removed after a September 16 vote by the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District. The county, in a statement, confirmed the removal of the statue until Friday morning.
“The statue was built in 1985 by the Cherokee Station Business Association to serve as a landmark for the street and its commercial district,” the district said in the statement. “However, the statue does not adequately honor the indigenous communities who called this land home.”
The district added that the planned relocation has the support of artist Bill Christman, who has been commissioned to create a 200-pound, thirteen-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture.
Although Christman did touch the statue New coat of paint In 2009, the artist himself criticized his work. In 2007, he told St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he believes the statue itself is not insensitive – the story claims it “worked closely with an Indian group of Cherokee to make sure it does not conjure up vulgar images of Indians” – but this Regretted the proportions of the last piece.
“It’s more anatomically incorrect than political,” Christman said at the time, adding later, “I was the sculptor in my eternal doom.”
It is not clear which Cherokee groups Christman consulted during the making of the statue, although the feathered headdress does not appear to be consistent with this statue. Cherokee traditional clothing and fashionThese generally included a shaved head, ear piercings, face tattoos, and distinctive hats. Feathered headdressesWarheads, or warheads, are a traditional costume associated with the American Plains Indians and often stereotyped in Native American emblems. The headdress was not part of the traditional clothing of the Cherokee.
The creation of the statue was not the product of any historical association with the Cherokees, but was an outright marketing ploy by local merchants in the early 1980s. Such as after sending I mentioned in 2007:
Recognition lies at the root of the statue. In the early ’80s, street traders were looking for one big thing that marked the area.
Rick Rosica, director of Globe Discount Variety, 2700 Cherokee St. , who was a member of the Cherokee Business Association at the time of the decision: “We talked about the possibility of doing something like a camper van.” When the vote was taken, the Indian was chosen.
“It was like having some kind of landmark,” Rosica said.
“It was the Merchants Association that wanted to increase its visibility,” said Christman, who owns a studio in his college dorm home.
The removal of the statue was first reported Friday morning by St.
The “Cherokee Native” statue was removed from its corner at Cherokee & Jefferson after a community vote on the issue last night. pic.twitter.com/3ylV5fHLwQ
– ☀️ St. Louis Observer ☀️ (ObserverSTL) September 17, 2021
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