Winneesook (often spelled Winnisook) is said to have been a 7-foot-tall Native American Chief in the Munsee tribe, a branch of of the Lenape Nation. Because of his height and reputed physical prowess, he was known by the locals as "the big Indian."
Winneesook eloped with a young woman named Gertrude Molyneux and married, against Gertrude's parents' wishes, and in violation of a betrothal agreement they'd made with a certain local man of questionable repute names Joseph Bundy.
When a cow went missing some years later, it is said, Bundy blamed Winneesook, joined a posse to go find him, and shot him. Dying, Winneesook took refuge in the hollow of a pine tree.
When Gertrude heard that he'd been shot, she rushed to be near him; and after he died, she moved her family to the site so they could be near his resting place. The place where Winneesook was buried eventually eventually became known as the hamlet of Big Indian, which is still its name today.
Although this statue raises a lot of modern eyebrows due to accusations of stereotyping and cultural appropriation, it's actually intended as a monument to the man who essentially founded the hamlet, albeit after he was already dead. I shot the video because I think the statue and story are visually and historically interesting.
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