Here is a dramatic rendition, as the title of this bronze states, an appeal of this Native American Warrior to a higher power.
Appeal to the Great Spirit, a sculpture by Cyrus Dallin, is the last of a four-piece
series called The Epic of the Indian.
Quoted from Wikapedia: "Dallin, a native of Utah, was raised in
close proximity to Native American children.
In 1909, the sculpture was cast in Paris and won a gold medal for its exhibition
in the Paris
Salon. There are three full size casts of the sculpture: one is located outside the main
entrance to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts another
is in Muncie,
Indiana in the "Y" of the intersection of Walnut and Granville streets, and
considered by many Muncie residents to be symbolic of Muncie. The city of Tulsa,
Oklahoma contains the most recent full size installation in Woodward Park, at
the intersection of 21st Street and Peoria. It was cast in the mid-80's by
American Artbronze Fine Arts Foundry under the direction of Howard R.
A restoration of the Boston version was reversed at Dallin's request because
he preferred the light green tones that had developed on the equestrian sculpture over time rather than
the typical “statuary brown” patina the
conservator applied prior to consulting him.
A bronze replica of the statue stands as the centerpiece of the Tower Room of
College's Baker Tower, the College's main library and most iconic building.
Dartmouth was founded as an institution to educate the Native Americans of New
England, and it often recalls that heritage through art such as Dallin's
Appeal to The Great Spirit.
A smaller scale edition was produced by Gorham in 1913; a recent example sold
- The sculpture is used as the logo for the Beach Boys’ vanity record label Brother Records. It was
first seen on their 1967 album Smiley Smile. When Beach Boy Carl Wilson
was asked in 1975 why the group used this as their logo, he said the Indian was
chosen because Carl’s grandfather believed that there was a spiritual Indian
"guide" who watched over Brian, Dennis, and Carl from the "other side". The
choice of the logo was Brian's. Carl called the logo "The Last Horizon".
- A painting of the sculpture appears on the cover of the album Lysol (1992) by rock
- A painting of the sculpture appears on the cover of the album The
Time Is Near (1970) by rock group Keef Hartley Band.
- A small scale casting of the sculpture forms part of the White House's
permanent collection and was displayed in the Oval Office by former US President