Hail to the Sunrise / Mohawk Park

Hail to the Sunrise / Mohawk Park

Hail to the Sunrise / Mohawk Park
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This small park, perfect for a picnic, is home to the "Hail to the Sunrise" statue, a tribute to the Native Americans who greeted the first settlers to the area.
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Chris P
Ivoryton, CT6 contributions
These statues are beautifully sculpted and really capture the natural spirit of North West Massachusetts. Although each only requires a few minutes out of the car, they are each placed in great locations with pleasant views. You won't get more beauty for your buck than these.
Written February 22, 2020
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Road569785
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The cast bronze statue is magnificent. I have seen it may times and it is overwhelming.

However it actually faces the river crossing which the Mohawks used to traverse when they came to collect wampum from their underling tribes. Or to raid.
Written November 17, 2020
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,843 contributions
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This is one of the iconic symbols of the Mohawk Trail. It’s a free attraction.

The bronze “Hail to the Sunrise” Statue in Mohawk Park, is a memorial to the Mohawk Native Americans. The Mohawk atop a large boulder with his arms raised and outstretched toward the rising sun in the east is a powerful image I remembered vividly from a childhood trip with my parents and again later with an aunt. Whenever I think of the Mohawk Trail, images of this statue and Bridge of Flowers always come to mind.

On this visit during the Mohawk Trail's 100th Anniversary year, I found that the area was more developed than it was during my first and second visits. A whole park has evolved around it.

I was fascinated with the numerous memorial plaques and stones on the walkway around the fountain.

I found this a restful stop during which to contemplate the harmony with nature that our Native American citizens have lived by.

I highly recommend a stop at this attraction.

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Written June 12, 2016
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Emily J
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This statue is a highly inaccurate representation of Native American culture in Massachusetts. It was erected in the 1930's by an organization called "The Improved Order of Red Men", a fraternal organization that was formed for white men to **inspire a greater love for the United States.** The organization is still active today.

The statue implies that Native Americans are a part of our *past* culture, when in reality they are alive and well, even in Western Massachusetts.

It's a scenic area to visit and stretch your legs, but if you visit, ask yourself: why would a white-only fraternal organization honor a tribe that never actually resided in this location? Erasure of our past helps us feel better about not honoring the needs of those presently suffering.
Written September 15, 2022
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Hail to the Sunrise is a culturally inaccurate Native American statue that exemplifies how history has been rewritten through a colonizer’s lens to promote tourism.

The Mohawk Trail, misnamed for a Native American tribe that was NOT native to this Massachusetts region, is a beautiful, historic area to explore, yet it’s important to understand when and where its history has been misrepresented, for example, with this statue. Coming across this statue (before its likely future removal) is a starting point to understanding one example of cultural appropriation.

The Hail to the Sunrise statue features a Native American man dressed in clothing that was NOT traditional to the tribes native to this area. The statue, created by sculptor Joseph Pollia, was installed by a whites-only, males-only organization known as the Improved Order of Red Men in October of 1932. While more than 2,000 people gathered to witness this monument’s installation, it failed to accurately represent the region’s Native American heritage.

The area around Charlemont has other inappropriate Native American attractions worth understanding better during our society’s renewed attempts to correct racist symbols.
Written September 19, 2020
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inua7
Colrain, Massachusetts14 contributions
The statue is of a pretty handsome fellow, in a very lovely area, but to be honest - this is Mohican and Nipmuc territory/homelands, NOT Mohawk. The fountain was erected by The Royal Order of the Red Men, in which you must be white to join, then given a "Indian" name, which is on the placards. The placards are not tribes or actual Indigenous people, but members of a cult group. Complete cultural appropriation, and misinformation given in a romanticized colonizer POV.
Written October 24, 2017
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Michael H
Arlington, MA195 contributions
Family
A nice place to stop and think about Native American culture in Western MA. In addition to the beautiful statue and setting there are dozens (hundreds?) of plaques commemorating something (visits?) from other tribes around the country. I wish there was better signage to explain more about what we are seeing. Nonetheless, it is a family tradition to visit this spot on the way out to the Berkshires.
Written April 24, 2014
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Nicole G
Enfield NH2 contributions
Couples
I thought this place was way overpriced and didn't clean like it should have. This seems to be a place where the locals go and if you are not local you may not be welcome.
Written August 18, 2013
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Michaelbdoherty
Norton, MA95 contributions
Couples
A quiet place to stop along the Mohawk trail for a restful picnic or just to enjoy the scenic view. If your interested in American Indian culture this is a great stop.
Written October 2, 2015
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Rose J
Baltimore, MD8 contributions
Family
Beautiful statue, saw it in a book about the back roads of Massachusetts. Thought it would be up on a hill overlooking a valley. Instead it is on the side on a road overlooking a run down trailer park.
Written October 14, 2012
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