Approximately 50 people attended the celebration, including two of Dallin’s great-grandchildren. “Hopefully this will get the name ‘Dallin’ as well-known as his statues,” said great-granddaughter Pat McCabe. Located in Arlington Center in the Jefferson Cutter house, the Dallin Museum exhibits almost 100 works of Dallin’s art, including approximately 50 sculptures, 10 paintings, and several coins and medals.
Two new artworks unveiled
To honor the occasion, the museum unveiled two new pieces of Dallin’s artwork:
- Rocks and Trees: Painting of leafy, idyllic landscape surrounding his Arlington home, depicting Dallin’s colorful, impressionistic painting style
- The Vision No. 1: 1927 portrait bust of Charles Lindbergh
Who was Cyrus Dallin?
Cyrus Dallin (1861–1944) was an American sculptor and painter who captured the dignity and nobility of the American Indian. He is most recognized for his heroic-scale public tributes in honor of America’s Indigenous peoples. The artist had a deep admiration for Native people, and he was profoundly disturbed by the crimes perpetrated against them by the U.S. Government.
Dallin created more than 260 works of art, including his most famous, Appeal to the Great Spirit, located outside the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In the midst of the immense suffering inflicted by their colonizers, this Lakota leader turns toward the sky, arms outstretched, seeking comfort and guidance from the Great Spirit. This was one of the most profoundly stirring pieces of sculpture in its day, and today it remains an enduring symbol of the strength and resilience of Native people.
Indigenous People of Menotomy lecture
The Dallin Museum and Arlington Historical Society presented a talk, “The Indigenous People of Menotomy,” on Nov 29.
Faries Gray, sagamore (chief) of the Massachusetts Tribe of Ponkapoag and Ellen Berkland, archaeologist, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, explained to the hundreds of attendees how Native people thrived for thousands of years, and the work being done to preserve and share their culture, language, and traditions.