It was created by to commemorate all the Native Americans that met where the three rivers Mississippi, Black and La Crosse meet. In more recent years it has often been called "Hiawatha", but
that name was not used by Zimmerhakl and the poetic name has nothing to do with La Crosse.
Anthony D. Zimmerhakl, school art teacher in La Crosse, Wisconsin, assisted by his sons, Don, David and Stephan.
Sources & Information
Stephannie Hammes and Dr. Leslie F. Crocker, Forms and Spaces: Sculpture in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1992(on line).