Southwest Semiotics: Native American Roadside Texts
By Dean Rader (The Weekly Rader)
For example, the Chief above giving the "Howe" greeting looms out front of Howe Chevrolet in Clinton, Oklahoma, just off of Route 66 and Interstate 40. It's been there for as long as I can remember, and it stands as the car dealership's main visual cue. But, it also reminds too much of the painful cigar store Indian, which (even if not intentional) evokes images of the stoic, "wooden," passive, and defeatable Indian.
Rader also mentions "The Guardian" statue atop the Oklahoma State Capitol. For my comments on that, go to the end of the original posting.
Below: A typical "Indian" of this type. Someone may be mass-producing these Indian icons, because it looks a lot like the Howe Chevrolet statue.