The planned monument will feature a 20+ foot-tall statue of Chief Walkara, with his hands raised in prayer to the Creator. Chief Walkara is one of the grandsons of Chief Turunianchi, whom Fransiscan Fathers Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante met during their expedition through Utah Valley in 1776.
Gary has made a beautiful clay model of the statue at a smaller scale and cast it to prepare for casting the full size statue.
Representatives of the Timpanogos Nation have been guiding him through this process to ensure the portrayal is culturally accurate and appropriate.
In collaboration with Gary and other local residents, they have been considering several different locations in Utah Valley — once called Timpanogos Valley. Sign up for our newsletter below to stay tuned for new developments:
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