OOS Sculpture

Little Turtle

2001 / John Koepnick / Defiance

LITTLE TURTLE .jpg

Little Turtle is standing with his arms raised over his head and looking toward the sky. He is wearing a necklace of claws and a longer necklace of a large round medallion.

Location: Defiance College, 701 North Clinton Street

County

: Defiance

Citation

: John Koepnick, “Little Turtle,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 28, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/2115.

Title

Little Turtle

Description

Little Turtle is standing with his arms raised over his head and looking toward the sky. He is wearing a necklace of claws and a longer necklace of a large round medallion.

Creator

Date

2001

Source

Correspondence with the Director of Education at the Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum.

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

2115

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

Next to the Pilgrim Library

Location Site

Location Street

701 North Clinton Street

Materials

Inscription

At the base of the statue, around his feet, from front, counterclockwise, are the words,
" To Know / To Lead / To Serve / To Understand"
The plaque mounted on the proper left of the stone base reads,
"Little Turtle (Me-she-kin-o-quah) / 1752-1812"
"Little Turtle, a war chief of the Miami People, was born near present-day Fort Wayne, Indiana. From 1790 to 1794, he lived in a Miami village three miles west of this site on the Tiffin River. As a warrior, he led Native American confederations in battles at Kekionga (Fort Wayne) and the present Fort Recovery. As a peacemaker he counseled local Native Americans to negotiate for peace with the United States. In 1795 he signed the Treaty of Greenville."
The plaque mounted on the proper right of the stone base reads,
"Dedicated / March 23, 2001 "
"Little Turtle was well-known for his oratorical powers and military leadership. As a leader and teacher of the Miami, a champion of peace, and a servant of his people, Little Turtle embodied the principles we hope to instill in our students: / To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve "
"The students, alumni, faculty and staff of Defiance College dedicate this statue in observance of the institution's sesquicentennial year.
"John Koepnick, Sculptor / Lebanon, Ohio"

Additional Resources

Punches, K. (2001). Honoring a leader. Defiance College Magazine, 92(1), 6-7. Retrieved from https://memory.defiance.edu/jsp/RcWebImageViewer.jsp?doc_id=b3e531b6-ab3d-4026-95db-ef3cc8a11dad/odefc000/20150519/00000004