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Spirit of the Northwest Statue, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Spirit of the Northwest Statue
This statue is locate on the grounds of the historic Brown County Courthouse, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The plaque on its base reads as follows:

The Spirit of the Northwest
This statue, designed by Suamico native, Sydney Bedore, and dedicated on June 10, 1931 with Governor Phillip Lafollette among the speakers, represents a Fox Indian, Claude Allouez and Nicholas Perrot.

Native Americans lived in Wisconsin for about ten thousand years before the arrival of Europeans. These original settlers were ancesters of the Winnebago, Menominee and Santee Dakota. Other tribes, such as the Fox, Sauk, Mascouten, Kickapoo, Miami, and Chippewa moved into this region during the 1600's.

Father Claude Allouez, a Jesuit missionary, arrived in Green Bay in 1668. He established the St Francis Xavier mission at what is now De Pere. The following year he led an expedition to explore the Fox and the Wisconsin rivers.

Nicholas Perrot, a French explorer and fur trader, first arrived in green Bay about 1664. Commissioned by the government of Canada, he took formal posssession of the Bay and its surrounding land in the name of the King of France in 1689.

If you look closely, you may notice that the Indian's feather has been broken off. This happened once before and it was replaced in 1984 for the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jean Nicolet at Red Banks, just north of Green Bay. If you stop to see this statue, be sure to go inside the Court house. A famous mural of Nicolet's landing can be seen on the wall of the foyer.

See article on the statue and its sculptor from the Green Bay Press-Gazette

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photographer: Ken Fleurant
page added: September 12, 1997, modified May 6, 1999