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"Tecumseh is the only secular figure to be erected on the cabin side of Wickham’s sculpture park. Chief of the Shawnee, Tecumseh (1768-1813) was a renowned warrior who argued for the idea that the lands of the Native American peoples belonged to the Native American nation as a whole and no part could be negotiated for sale by an individual tribe. This respect for land is a trait Wickham would celebrate in his later statues. His own appreciation for the lands his ancestors had maintained for him is evident in the care with which he willed the same property to his children. Wickham’s will requests that his children not sell or timber the land he passed to them.

This love of the land may have been what first attracted Wickham to the subject of Tecumseh, but his representation of the historical figure emphasizes the Chief’s battle prowess. Originally Tecumseh held his right arm high, bent at the elbow and grasping a hatchet in his hand. The caption from a photograph of Wickham standing near the statue in the 17 May 1957 Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle states that the statue was “eight feet tall and [had] a war bonnet of real turkey feathers.” All that remains of Wickham’s Tecumseh is the head of the great warrior."- quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.

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E.T. Wickham and Tecumseh

  Head of Tecumseh

Late 1950’s Photo of E.T. Wickham with Tecumseh Tecumseh’s Head. Photo credit to Clark Thomas


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