Friends of the Wissahickon, which chipped in for a recent $10,000 rehab of a statue of an American Indian - widely known and much-loved by hikers, yet oddly misnamedby history - that "Emily" has defaced yet again.
Here he crouches, a 12-foot-high marble hunk of sinew, on a rocky promontory high above the Wissahickon Creek. His left hand holds a tomahawk. His right shades his eyes as he gazes out through the forest.
Below him on Forbidden Drive, on a modern autumn morning, joggers and cyclists pass. The Indian looks beyond them, as he has for 100 years, ever since a wealthy Chestnut Hill couple had him carved and placed on the hill near Rex Avenue. He's watching his people head west, the legend goes, bound for a new home. Someplace less crowded.
We'll call him Tedyuscung, because the name has stuck for a century, however inaccurately. And we'll say he's a Leni-Lenape chief, however unlikely.
He has become almost an icon for generations of hikers and others who traverse the wooded paths of the Wissahickon Valley. They hike the mile up to him and picnic at his feet.
Parents bring their children, then their grandchildren, many of whom never forget the sight.
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