Big F Indian.

The Big F Indian

Field review by the editors.

Freeport, Maine

The "F" in the Big F Indian (also known as just "BFI" or "FBI") is said to stand for Freeport (the name of his town) or Friendly (his ritual facial scars suggest otherwise). A third, obscene word is probably the one that inspired the initials.

His official name is Chief Passamaquoddy, and he was commissioned by Julian Leslie for his store, the Casco Bay Trading Company. The story goes that Leslie -- a character who would park junk cars in front of his store to make it look busy -- was having lunch in Boothbay Harbor when he saw that town's 12-foot-tall Big Fisherman. Leslie decided that he wanted an even bigger statue. He contacted the Fisherman's sculptor, Rodman Shutt, and asked Shutt to build him an Indian (Leslie's business sold moccasins). Shutt's one-of-a-kind creation was erected on August 26, 1969, stands 40 feet tall, and weighs 1,500 pounds.

Shutt, Leslie, and the Trading Company are all gone, but the Big F Indian has survived, standing in front of a succession of businesses. He was repainted in 1989 and again in 2006, and has often been shot with arrows, supposedly ambushed at night by archers from a nearby college.

Shutt also built Big Chief Lewis in Massapequa, New York; the 20-foot-tall "Big Indian Gift Shop" chief in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; and Big Amos, the Barefoot Amish Giant in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

The Big F Indian

117 US Hwy 1, Freeport, ME
I-295 exit 17, then a mile north on US Hwy 1. On the right.
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