Bemidji, Minnesota: Nanabozho, Bunyan's Muffler Man Foe

A statue of the big Indian -- actually a repurposed Muffler Man -- who beat Paul Bunyan to death with a fish. At least, according to Anishinaabeg tradition.
337 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN
On the west side of Hwy 197/Bemidji Ave. N. between 3rd and 4th Sts NW. Outside of an Indian handicrafts store, and across the street from the boxy Paul Bunyan and Babe statues.
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Muffler Man Indian.

Nanabozho, Bunyan's Muffler Man Foe

The tree in front of Nanabozho has grown substantially. Difficult to see the entire attraction. Believe his right hand is missing.

[Cindy Eliason, 06/05/2015]

Indian Muffler Man.

Nanabozho, Bunyan's Muffler Man Foe

The Indian positioned across the street from Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox is a standard brave model Muffler Man with upraised arm.

[ Team, 01/01/2008]
Nanabozho, Paul Bunyan's Foe

I live in Bemidji, Minnesota, and I had no idea that there were so many other Bunyans out there! You're right about him not caring about ecosystems: according to Chippewa legend, he was so greedy about ripping down all the trees that Nanabozho [previous tip sp.: Nanabojo], a Native American, stopped him by beating him to death with a big fish after several weeks of fighting. A statue of Nanabozho stands across the road from Paul Bunyan in Bemidji. At least this is how I remember the story; what I know for sure is that you never seem to hear that side anywhere.

[Christine, 07/12/1997]
Muffler Man - Indian

Bemidji has a Muffler Man outside the Wolf Trading Post, only a block from their Bunyan.

[Robert Tubbs, 11/16/1996]

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In the region:
Big Fish Supper Club, Bena, MN - 30 mi.

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