ADA, Okla. - Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and world-renowned
Seminole artist Enoch Kelley Haney were joined by dozens of tribal leaders,
citizens and employees for the unveiling of the Chickasaw Warrior statue
May 10 in front of the Chickasaw Nation headquarters building.
Haney, a former state senator who designed The Guardian statue that stands
atop the Oklahoma Capitol dome, was commissioned to create the Chickasaw
Anoatubby opened the ceremonies with his traditional welcome to guests.
"Welcome to the great, unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation, a
nation known for its intrepid warriors, never known to have lost a battle,"
said Anoatubby. "A nation also known for its dynamic women," he added.
Haney said, "I hope this statue will become an icon, a symbol of the
Chickasaw Warrior spirit," he added. "This sculpture is an image of a
strong Chickasaw warrior and I think that is really appropriate, because
the Chickasaw Nation is such a strong tribe."
Prior to unveiling the nine-foot bronze figure, Anoatubby said, "We are
dedicating this statue to the Chickasaw warriors of the past, the warriors
of today, and to those warriors who will come after us."
The statue is a representation of how a Chickasaw warrior may have appeared
from approximately 1,000 to 1,500 A.D. Information from early European
accounts combined with archeological findings were used to piece together
the total look of the warrior, including his physical appearance, weapons,
clothing and other accoutrements.
Members of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Heritage Preservation worked
with Haney to gather information and work out the final details of the
A replica of the statue will also stand at the Chickasaw Cultural Center,
currently under construction near the Chickasaw National Recreation area.