by Peter "Wolf" Toth
Medium: Carved Wood
Dimensions: 25’ x 7’ x 7’
Location: Shute Park
800 SE Maple at 10th Ave (TV Hwy) Hillsboro, OR
The name, Kno-Tah, was taken from the name of the chief of the Tualatin tribe of Indians. He was the chief who agreed to the "land cessions" treaty granting the White Man control of the Tualatin Plains
The tree used for the carving is a 25' Douglas fir weighing approximately 33,000 pounds. The age of the tree is estimated to be over 400 years. Transportation and raising of the log on its concrete base was provided entirely by volunteer labor. All supplies and materials were donated by local businessmen and individuals. The artist, Peter Toth, donated his talent and time.
Peter "Wolf" was born in Hungary in 1947. His family fled Hungary during the 1956 uprising and settled in Akron, Ohio. Toth’s early personal experience with injustice in Hungary fostered in him a deep sense of kinship with, and empathy for Native Americans, whom he feels were the victims of abuse and injustice.
Toth believes the United States is the greatest country in the world. His love for America and John F. Kennedy's quotation, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," was the catalyst for his crusade to honor the Indian by carving a statue in each state. It is his hope that through these monuments, people will remember that the Indians were, and are, a proud race of people who inhabited America long before the arrival of Europeans. His sculptures proved a means for preserving the memory that has too often been clouded, destroyed or distorted. "They were the kings of this land, they were the owners," says Toth. It is his hope that the "whispering" of these giants will soften our hearts to form a society of true brotherhood.
Toth completed his goal of a statue in each of the fifty states in May 1988 with a statue of a Polynesian in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Oregon has two statues, one in Hillsboro and one in Astoria.
Check out more photos of Hillsboro's Public Art Collection in our Flickr Gallery.