The newest fixture in downtown Whiteville has arrived in front of the NC Forestry Museum on Madison Street. The 20 foot tall statue is called the 'Whispering Giant'. It's a symbol of the Native American presence in Columbus County, a presence some natives feel, was disappearing. Brenda Moore belongs to the Waccamaw Siouan tribe in Columbus County, she says, "However today more people are reaching out to us and we're real proud of that." She and others gathered Sunday for the statue's dedication ceremony. Harry Warren, is the Director of the Museum of Forestry, he's excited about Sunday's event. "It makes me feel good, just to have it here and working with so many people and this cost nothing except time." Peter Wolf Toth, is the creator behind the Whispering Giant Statue. He spent hours carving the giant out of a Cypress tree. He's created 73 of them. They are located in all 50 states and in some parts of the world. Toth says, "These statues are a gift to my country. This is my way of raising the nations awareness to the plight of the Native Americans." For 36 years Wolf has crafted these detailed masterpieces. It takes him about 6 months to complete one statue. Each is designed to resemble specific Native American tribes. Sunday's statue is dedicated to Brenda Moore's Siouan tribe. "The Whispering Giant is not only a piece of wood but he's a piece of history and a piece of the future," said Moore. Several tribes across the United States have made Toth an honorary member. His most recent statue is located in Europe.
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