“Protector and Preserver of the Pilgrims”
Massasoit or “Yellow Feather” was a chief of the Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Known for befriending the Pilgrims who landed in Massachusetts in 1620, his people protected the English settlers from other hostile tribes and saved many from starvation by teaching them to plant corn and other crops. Massasoit remained an ally of the Pilgrims until his death in 1661.
Cyrus E. Dallin (sculptor) – Born and raised in Springville, Utah, Cyrus E. Dallin is recognized internationally for his realistic portrayals of the American Indian. He created the original “Massasoit” in 1921 which is currently located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He is also recognized for creating the Angel Moroni statue for the Salt Lake City Temple.