Rural Missouri - May 2017 - 8
Crawford County community comes
together to create memorial
Glen Tutterow works a piece of steel that will become part of a four-piece sculpture honoring the Osage Nation on the outskirts of Cuba. Glen is constructing the massive monument at his rural
Crawford County home.
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process - is scheduled to be completed later this year to commemorate the
tribe which was forced out of the area - and the entire state - two centun the lofted studio of his rural Cuba home, Glen Tutterow
carefully forms a beaded necklace around a life-size clay
"It's been a very intimate thing for me," Glen says. "Looking at the
eyes of the full-size sculptures, it takes me back to the times I've read
sculpture of an Osage Indian. He works with a hair dryer
about. When you read the stories in the books, you can imagine how
to make sure the sulfur-free clay is pliable and in the exact
they lived, how they raised their children and how they survived
right spot. "We wouldn't do this if it weren't culturally correct,"
around here all that time ago. But, when you're staring at the eyes
he says. "It wouldn't be worth doing if we ever offended any of
of the life-sized sculptures, it puts a face on it."
their traditions. It has to be right."
The project's genesis goes back to conversations between Glen
And that level of detail isn't even for the final project, just the
and economic developer Dennis Roedemeier in 2015. The two were
talking about the Native American history in the area and how it
Glen is the lead artist on a citywide project paying homage to
had been more or less forgotten.
the Osage Nation, which includes a four-piece steel sculpture totaling 35 feet
"Glen told me that it wasn't numerous different tribes, but just the Osage,"
in height, 20 feet in width and 80 feet in length at the intersection of Highway
19 and Interstate 44. Construction of the piece - which has been a two-year says Dennis, president of the Cuba Development Corp. "I knew Interstate 44
RURAL MISSOURI | MAY 2017