Chief Kno-Tah, (sculpture) - Hillsboro, Oregon
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N 45° 30.788 W 122° 58.456
10T E 502009 N 5039955
Quick Description: Chief Kno-Tah is made of Douglas fir and is 25 feet tall, and 6 feet in diameter. The concrete base is 2 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter. It is part of a series titled the Trail of the Whispering Giants.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/20/2010 4:14:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMABTR
Long Description:Chief Kno-Tah
Description: Chain saw-carved head of a Native-American man wearing feathers and braided hair, set on a base with an inscribed plaque. Created by artist Peter "Wolf" Toth.
The Chief Kno-Tah Indian statue at Shute Park was dedicated September 25, 1987. The name, Kno-Tah, was taken from the name of the chief of the Tualatin tribe of Indians. He was the chief who agreed to the "land cessions" treaty granting the White Man control of the Tualatin Plains. Loretta J. Brokesholder Schwarz of Cornelius, a member of the Shawnee Tribe and Choctaw Nation, submitted the name. A panel of students at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem chose it from many names offered.
The tree used for the carving is a 25' Douglas Fir weighing approximately 33,000 pounds. The age of the tree is estimated to be over 400 years. Transportation and raising of the log on its concrete base was provided entirely by volunteer labor. All supplies and materials were donated by local businessmen and individuals. The artist, Peter Toth, donated his talent and time. Text Source: City of Hillsboro
TITLE: Chief Kno-Tah, (sculpture)
ARTIST(S): Toth, Peter, 1947- , sculptor.
DATE: Sept. 25, 1987
MEDIUM: Head: wood, carved; Base: concrete
CONTROL NUMBER: IAS OR000243
Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]
Located Hillsboro Library, TVW Highway, Shute Park, Hillsboro, Oregon
DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
The Base appears to have been covered in a veneer of stone.
In addition to the plaque on the statue base a second smaller plaque is located on the wooden portion of the sculpture itself. It reads:
Peter "Wolf" Toth
Dedicated to the
September 25, 1987
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