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10/20/08

Hiawatha and Minnehaha

This photo is a statue of Hiawatha carrying Minnehaha in Minnehaha park. Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A nearby plaque reads:
Hiawatha and Minnehaha by Jacob Fjelde
Erected in 1911 by means of funds
raised through the efforts of Mrs. L.P. Hunt of Mankato, and contributed
principally by the school children of Minnesota.
Jacob Fjelde created this sculpture of Hiawatha and Minnehaha from the great Henry Longfellow poem "Song of Hiawatha."

This beautiful work of art is often missed due to its out of the way location. The sculpture stands a little way up from the falls, on an island in the middle of Minnehaha creek. The autumn leaves helped bring it out a little for my shot.

A plaque on the statue takes an excerpt from Longfellow's poem:
Over wide and rushing rivers
In his arms he bore the maiden.

The placement of this statue above the falls greatly enforces its significance, it was once on exhibit in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair.