Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Guardian of the Grove
—Thomas Mark Sampsel —
This Kanza warrior stands as a tribute to the tribe for whom the State of Kansas is named. Also known as the Kaws, the Kanzas occupied a reservation in this area from 1848 to 1873. Today's tribal government, the Kaw Nation, is headquartered in Kaw City, Oklahoma.
Sculptor Thomas Mark Sampsel presented the "Guardian of the Grove" to the City of Council Grove on July 13, 1998. Sampsel donated his time and talent with the hope that future generations will continue to preserve Kansas history.
Organized by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, community volunteers supported the artist's work with labor and money. The bronze was cast at Tefft Terra Studios and Foundry in Lawrence, Kansas, by Sampsel's friend and mentor, Elden Tefft.
The Peace Pipe symbolizes the warrior's honesty and good will. The twist of his torso reflects the tensions of the Kanza Tribe struggling to retain their identity while adjusting to the dominant Euro-American culture.
The robe indicates the warrior is preparing to speak. The four folds of the robe represent the four directions of the wind. The Kanzas are known as the "Wind People." Within the shadows of the robe are signatures of recent Kaw Nation tribal members.
This land was donated by Neosho L. Fredenberg in memory of her father, Dr. L. Fredenberg, a pioneer Council Grove veterinarian
Erected 1998 by Friends of Kaw Heritage, Community Volunteers, Thomas Mark Sampsel, and Neosho L. Fredenberg.
Location. 38° 39.72′ N, 96° 29.275′ W. Marker is in Council Grove, Kansas, in Morris County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 56) and Union Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Monument is at the southeast entrance to the Neosho Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Council Grove KS 66846, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Council Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Rendezvous on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Madonna of the Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neosho Crossing (about 300 feet away); Post Office Oak (about 400 feet away); Brewery (about 500 Post Office Oak (about 500 feet away); Masonic Lodge Hall (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Council Grove.
Also see . . .
1. The Kaw Nation. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. History of the Kanza. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Council Grove, Kansas. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Native Americans •
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