Appeal to the Great Spirit

Appeal

plaster, 1909
P.P. Caproni and Brother cast
gift of students of the former Locke School

Appeal to the Great Spirit portrays a Sioux chief, defeated by the US Army, engaged in prayer. Dallin first envisioned a three-figure composition, but fellow sculptor Daniel Chester French suggested simplifying it. Monumental bronze versions stand in front of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as well as in Muncie, Indiana, and there is a posthumous casting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By the 1920s, the Appeal had become one of many American sculptural icons by Dallin, and remains so today. It was widely reproduced, but few reproductions were authorized, and Dallin did not benefit financially from them.