Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hail to the chiefs: Some Indian imagery seen along the way

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota

The Red Feather Lodge, Tusayan, Arizona, one mile from the Grand Canyon

The Wigwam Motel, Rialto, California

The Shawmut Diner, New Bedford, Massachusetts

I shot this back in 2002 in Colorado Springs. Not sure if it's still there.

Indian Motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History has a great permanent exhibit about them...

...including this awesome photo of the great Jane Russell taking one out for a spin.

Little Big Horn, North Dakota

Tuba City, Arizona

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California

The kitsch-o-tastic Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte, Nebraska has some great "exhibits", including this diorama of the old Sioux Trading Post...

...this brave playing checkers...

...and a fabulous Muffler Man Indian out back.

This fellow is known as the Big F Indian and he stands in front of the Conundrum Wine Bistro in Freeport, Maine.

This fellow beckons all to the Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango, Colorado's parking lot

A fine item from the Ohio Turnpike Rest Area gift shop

Outside the truly wonderful Plains Hotel, Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Big Chief Drive-In, Glencoe, Alabama


Whether or not you agree it's cool to objectify a race of great people, you see a lot of it while traveling across the USA. Native Americans, in particular. So here, without reservation, we bring you a few sights that may or may not 'wam the cockles of your heart. More pow wow to you, and how.

7 comments:

KoHoSo said...

So here, without reservation...

A rimshot should play automatically at that point. :-D

Great post...especially love the shot of the Wigwam in Rialto!

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks KoSoHo! I really like your website too...so much fun stuff.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Oops, sorry I misspelled your name, KoHoSo...

Debra Jane Seltzer (aka agilitynut) said...

The Durango Indian sign was originally a Pontiac dealership sign. There is another one still in Cincinnati:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/agilitynut/3810323051/

The mechanical arm moved up and down. There was also originally neon on these signs.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks for the back story, Debra. Makes sense it would be related to Pontiac. I know I'd buy one if that fellow was waving at me!

Rick said...

My wife's family used to sell Indian motorcycles in central Florida, so I am fond of anything with that wonderful script logo on it. What a fun collection of images!

chuckwalla said...

The Navajo Hogan sign is still there in Colorado Springs. Nice ot see it with the neon still on it.