Friday, November 20, 2009

Upper Peninsula Upventure: Hiawatha, the World's Tallest Indian

By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.

That is how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" begins, it's an epic poem about a Native American from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

In honor of that poem, Ironwood, Michigan built the Hiawatha statue, billed as the world's tallest Indian, it's 50 feet high. The fiberglass sentinel weighs 16,000 pounds and is said to be able to withstand winds of 140 miles per hour.

Hiawatha is built on cave-in land from an old iron mine.

Related post:

Hiawatha National Forest's Obama stimulus "campaign sign"

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