Published November 8th, 2021 at 11:59 AM
On a hill overlooking Kansas City’s skyline sits a bronze statue of a Sioux scout so realistic that he looks as if might ride down the hill into downtown at any moment.
This statue, known as The Scout, can be found in Penn Valley Park. A curiousKC reader wanted to know the story behind the statue.
Sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin was known for his deep admiration and respect for Indigenous peoples.
“We have dishonored ourselves, distorted facts, and turned the Indian from a friend to a foe,” said Dallin in a 1921 speech. “Then we have fought him, with immeasurably superior numbers and arms … Never in the history of nations, in all probability, has there been so strong a race prejudice as subsists in the Anglo Saxons.”
Dallin’s statue was never meant to be in Kansas City, but it found a permanent home here almost a century ago. To learn more about Dallin and how The Scout ended up in Penn Valley Park, watch the attached video.
Catherine Hoffman covers community affairs and culture for Kansas City PBS in cooperation with Report for America. The work of our Report for America corps members is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.