Fay Givens, executive director of American Indian Services Inc., a Lincoln Park-based social services agency, said the statue is a bear because it represents the future for Native Americans.
The bear is a symbol for healing and patience, she said, which makes it appropriate not only for Native Americans, but also for the entire community. Everyone is in the same boat, she said.
The location of the statue is significant because Huroc Park was the site of a former Wyandot Indian encampment, Givens said.
Wayne County has the largest Native American population in the state, she said. She said Native Americans from as many as 300 tribes live throughout the county.
Police were called to the park at about 7 a.m. Sept. 26 on a vandalism report.
White paint had been thrown on the statue. The city’s Department of Public Service came out to the park and cleaned it off.
$50,000 for a bear statue? Are you kidding me?
In Wayne County no less! Again just another living example of how out of touch politicians, and political leaders are with the community--let alone with reality.
"The bear is a symbol for healing and patience." The community needs more than just a symbol for that; how about some action and common sense instead. We are all out of patience!
Edward Boike and Robert Ficano should be ashamed of themselves for attending and for allowing this to happen.
How many non-Indians will see the bear and think, "Native Americans...healing and patience...the future"? And how many will think, "Big, ferocious animal"? Even if the statue has a plaque that spells it out, even if people read it, how many will remember this counterintuitive message?
Really...is this the best Flat Rock can do to "honor" Indians? Did the planners consider a wolf or an eagle before settling on a bear? Could this statue possibly be more of an Indian cliché?
For more on the subject, see Best Indian Monuments to Topple.
Below: A selection of bear statues, none of which scream "healing and patience" or "Indians" to me.
Bears, cubs and grizzly sculptures