Big Indian at the Moqui Indian Trading Post (1991).
Big Indian at the Moqui Indian Trading Post (1991).

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Roosevelt, Utah

A giant peace pipe-holding Indian chief in a feathered headdress sits cross-legged outside a former trading post business. It was built out of cement by Darrell Gardner in 1976, part of a tableau that included a big teepee.

The Moqui Indian Trading Post, which first opened in 1969, went out of business in 2008. A local group rallied to save the statue from destruction; the figure survives. The trading post building is currently a nail salon.

Beyond his attention-getting duties, we don't know if the sculpture was intended as a tribute to a specific Native American chief. The town of Roosevelt City was created by homesteaders on former Ute tribal lands, and the location is currently on Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation lands.

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E. 200 N., Roosevelt, UT
East side of downtown, on the northwest corner of US Hwy 40/Main St. and N. 800 E.
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