Skowhegan Indian Restoration Project
Main Street Skowhegan is working with the Chamber of
Commerce to provide leadership for the Skowhegan Indian Restoration Committee, which is coordinating a restoration effort scheduled
for spring and summer of 2014.
The committee is currently working to raise the remaining funds needed to finance the restoration.
In the News
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WABI Channel 5 News July 10, 2013
Sentinel June 11, 2013
Press Herald March 13, 2013
Sentinel June 7, 2010
About the Indian
The Skowhegan Indian was built in 1969 by Maine artist
Bernard Langlais and stands today as
the world’s tallest statue of a sculpture of an American Indian (62 foot figure on 20 foot base).
The Skowhegan Area Chamber
of Commerce owns the sculpture, which is located on the edge of a parcel of land owned by the Town of Skowhegan on High Street near the corner
of Madison Ave and behind the Cumberland Farms in downtown Skowhegan
(see map). It is
contstructed of wooden cladding attached to a steel beam set in a poured concrete base.
Building contractor Steve Dionne of Dionne & Son Builders is currently contracted to handle restoration work.
Dionne is preceded by Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation, who assessed the structure, began
restoration/stabilization work, and facilitated paint analysis.
Al Hodson of Resurgance Engineering and Preservation, Inc. completed the
structural analysis and Susan Buck of Williamsburg, Virginia completed the
paint analysis. Since 2006, Dionne has stabilized the sculpture and moved its
structurally unstable arm and weir into temporary storage. In early 2013 Steve Dionne harvested the lumber necessary for
the restoration and had it sawn by Black Stream Lumber in Canaan, who delivered it back to Dionne’s property where it is
currently drying. Restoration work is on schedule for summer of 2014.
Main Street Skowhegan convened the
Indian Restoration Committee in the fall of 2012 to assist the
Chamber in fundraising.
As of March 2014, that committee has about $63,000 out of the $65,000 needed for a complete restoration.
Of that, the Skowhegan Area Chamber
of Commerce raised about $22,000 before the Indian Restoration Committee formed; the Restoration Committee has raised about $31,000
from private foundations, t-shirt sales, and fundraisers;
and the Town of Skowhegan has contributed $10,000 (decided by popular vote at Town Meeting on June 10, 2013).
Donate and get involved!
Main Street Skowhegan, check the Indian Restoration Facebook
page, or donate now
online! Indian restoration t-shirts as well as vintage postcards and Christmas ornaments are currently on sale in downtown Skowhegan
at the Skowhegan Fleuriste and
Chamber of Commerce. T-shirts can also
be purchased through this website.
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