The Chickasaw Warrior arrives at Bacone College
January 7, 2011
The Chickasaw Warrior personifies the indomitable unconquered and unconquerable spirit of the Chickasaw people, and a bronze symbol of this personification is now a part of the Bacone College campus. Alumnus, Enoch Kelly Haney, Seminole, sculpted the seven foot statue which was donated to Bacone College in the Fall of 2010 by the Chickasaw nation. After several weeks of preparation by the Bacone College staff, and contractor Eddie Hopkins, the statue arrived on campus mid morning of Friday, January 7, 2011. John Free and his wife of The Bronze Horse, Inc., of Pawhuska, Oklahoma delivered the statue and assisted in the installation of setting of this most impressive work of art.
Haney was commissioned to create the Chickasaw Warrior at the Chickasaw Nation Headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma. The seven foot bronze statue is located just north of the Bacone chapel, directly west of Samuel Richard's Hall.
An internationally recognized artist who exhibits throughout the United States, England, Austria, and Asia, Haney works primarily in both small and monumental scale, commission-based sculpture. His art has received many awards and recognition. He has received the title of Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes. In addition to decades of success as a painter, Kelly became the highly esteemed creator of the 22-foot, bronze sculpture entitled, The Guardian that was chosen to top the Oklahoma State Capitol Dome.
His art pieces form an extraordinary repertoire of sculptures from an artist who was never formally trained in sculpting and started at age six using the red clay from his front yard to create Abraham Lincoln’s head.
Though professionally trained in painting, by Dr. Dick West at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the recipient of a Rockefeller Scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a degree in Fine Arts, Kelly’s artistic ability is God-given. When Kelly was merely two years old, his mother noticed Kelly recreating with crayons what he saw.
According to Kelly, “We get to where we are by standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.”
Official dedication of the statue is scheduled for May 7, 2011.