Hail to the Sunrise Statue
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|Location||Mohawk Park, Charlemont, Massachusetts|
|Dedicated to||The Mohawk nations of Massachusetts and New York|
Hail To The Sunrise is the name of a monument in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The monument features a prominent statue of a Mohawk Indian and a reflecting pool. It is a major feature of Mohawk Park, a roadside park located beside Massachusetts Route 2, the Mohawk Trail.
The bronze statue depicts a Native American man in traditional wardrobe looking eastward with his arms extended. He faces the direction of the rising sun and is said to be greeting the Great Spirit. The casting stands upon a large boulder. A tablet in the shape of an arrowhead at the base of the statue reads: "Hail to the Sunrise - In Memory of the Mohawk Indian." The pool is lined with 100 inscribed stones from various tribes and councils from throughout the United States.
The statue was created by sculptor Joseph Pollia and revealed on October 1, 1932. More than 2,000 people attended the ceremony. The monument honors the peoples of the five Mohawk Nations that inhabited western Massachusetts and New York State. The Mohawks that traveled this trail were said to be friendly to white settlers.
Today the monument serves as a reminder of the area's Native American heritage. The grounds are open to the public and many travelers find this to be a welcoming stop along the scenic highway.
The park also serves as the site of an annual parade and ceremony hosted by the Improved Order of Red Men each September.