Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow

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Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow

Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow (The Leading Man) is the 60th statue in Peter Wolf Toth's Trail of the Whispering Giants. Located on the shore of Sunday Lake, next to the friendly Wakefield Visitor's Center, the carving is 27 feet tall and was raised on September 29, 1988.  

Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow was carved from a 350 year old white pine. It was an impressive tree at 120 feet tall and 5 feet at the base, but it was dying. In July 1988 it was donated by the Ottawa National Forest for Peter's humanitarian artwork.

The dedication ceremony for Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow took place on October 15, 1988. Dan McGeshik of the Lac Vieux Desert Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewas conducted the dedication, which was translated by his son, and named the statue "First Man in Line", "Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow" in his native tongue. Peter Wolf Toth was named an honorary resident of Wakefield and went on to complete statues in North Bay, Ontario and the Smokey Mountains, North Carolina.

About the Artist, Peter Wolf Toth

Peter Wolf Toth was born in 1947 behind the iron curtain in Hungary. In 1958 the Toth family came to the United States and settled in Akron, Ohio.

Peter's early life experience with Soviet injustice, the 1956 Hungarian Uprising and refugee camps offered him a deep empathy for all people facing injustice and abuse, especially native American Indians. Peter began his mission in 1971 to honor native Americans and the struggles of all people by donating giant Indian statues to each of the 50 States and Canada and Europe, creating the Trail of the Whispering Giants. In his own words "Each of these heroic Whispering Giants chronicles the epic struggle of all men facing injustice, inhumanity... and tyranny".

Peter returned to Wakefield during the summer of 2009 for a restoration of Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow. A re-dedication ceremony was held on August 22, 2009.

There are 73 Whispering Giants, the latest in his native Hungary along the Danube. Peter is still scheduling future projects.
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