Irving, New York: Indian Chief

Stands tall, his upraised hand turned palm up, as if to wonder: "Rain?" The chief is at the entrance to the Big Indian Smoke Shop, home of the World's Largest Cigar Humidor. Felled by a storm in 2012, repaired and returned in 2014.

Big Indian Smoke Shop

Address:
453 Milestrip Rd, Irving, NY
Directions:
Outside of the Big Indian Smoke Shop. I-90 exit 58, west toward Irving. Turn right onto Hwy 5/US 20, then immediately bear right onto US 20 when Hwy 5 splits off. Make the next right onto Milestrip Rd. The shop is on the right.
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Thruway Indian. Muffler Men Indians

Two Muffler Man Indians are now located at Big Indian Smoke Shop (under new management) on Milestrip Road. One has always been right next to the Thruway, the other surprised me when I pulled in, being right in the parking lot. The one near the Thruway has been moved onto a concrete and steel I-beam billboard structure, complete with lighting for improved night-time visibility. What a great surprise to find not one, but two well painted and well cared for MM Indians at one location.

[NJMufflerMan Hunter, 08/23/2014]

The parking lot Indian had been at the Smoke Shop before, but he was knocked down in a 2012 storm and had been away for repairs.

Muffler man - Indian Chief

The description of the Indian Chief is mostly correct. He was the symbol of the Iroquois Brewery, but he was on the roof of the brewery in Jamestown, not Buffalo. We'd pass by him occasionally on our way to our grandparents. One of the highlights of the hour-long trip was to see where the arrows might be each time (It seems that someone would place a few arrows in different places on the statue). He was part of an auction during the 1970s. The Indian Chief's whereabouts were a mystery for a few years until he was spotted in several front yards throughout the county. About 20 years ago he was purchased and placed at his current spot, within the Seneca Nation, near Irving.

[gewurz, 10/28/2012]
Indian Chief

The Indian Chief, gone from East Avon, is now visible off the NYS Thruway south of Buffalo. Im not exactly sure of the name of the location. Legend has it the Indian originally stood upon the roof of the Iroquois Beer factory in Buffalo NY. Its outstetched hand reportedly was turned 180 degrees with a beer can perched on it.

[Jared C., 03/02/2003]

He has stood these many moons, along with another Indian Muffler Man, at the Big Indian Smoke Shop, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, in Irving.

Big Indian "Kool" With Seneca Nation

In an advertisement placed in hundreds of Sunday papers, The Seneca Nation gives a thumbs-up to the image of a fiberglass "how-posing" big Indian as a means to sell its state tax-free cigarettes. You can order yours at bigindian.com.... [07/28/2002] Complete News Story

Muffler Man - Indian Chief

The big chief "Muffler" Indian of East Avon was sold at auction last week (for $18,000). It had been out in front of a garden supply store which went out of business. It was bought by an actual native American, someone, I think, from the Seneca Nation, who was reportedly going to use it to draw customers into his cigarette/gasoline shop on the rez.

[Claire Marziotti and Kerry Regan, 08/02/1998]

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