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Massasoit Indian

Massasoit Indian

The bronze sculpture of Chief Massasoit, or "Yellow Feather," stands near the southwest edge of the Harold B. Lee Library. The North American Indian Chief of the Wampanoags sculpture plaster figure was originally placed in the gallery of the Harris Fine Arts Center, but was later cast and displayed against the east wall of the Fine Arts Center. In December 1980 it was relocated to its current library location.

Massasoit was known for befriending the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620. The original sculpture was created by Cyrus Dallin and dedicated in Plymouth, Mass. in 1920. BYU's Massasoit statue was cast from Dallin's plaster original, which was donated to the university. Another bronze of the statue appears on Utah's state capitol grounds. Cyrus Dallin was born and raised in Springville, Utah and is recognized internationally for his realistic portrayals of the American Indian. He is also recognized for creating the Angel Moroni statue for the Salt Lake City Temple.

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