Half Million Dollar Statues of a Conquistador, a Missionary, a Pirate, and a Karankawa

La Salle Monument at Indianola

Join the Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend and the Karankawa Kadla tomorrow on Facebook live as they discuss Rockport artist Steve Russell’s “Cultural Interface.” According to the Rockport Cultural Arts District, the statues “symbolize the impact of Europeans on the area.” According to the Native peoples of the region, like Love Sanchez, “the priest represents assimilation, the conquistador represents slaughter, and the pirate represents trafficking and rape.”

Pictured is another controversial statue–this one located in Indianola and featuring the intrepid and intractable Sieur de La Salle.

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