Winitihooloo Statue

On the Woburn Parkway just south of the New Lion's Park at Horn Pond stands the "New" Winitihooloo statue. Winitihooloo was carved on Conservation Day back in 1999 by artist Justin Gordon. The artwork was carved out of a standing tree which had died and was named after a legendary Native American that lived in the Horn Pond area. Over the past 5 to 6 years there has been some minor vandalism but more importantly the statue was suffering from insect damage and dry rot from the inside out. So Michael Benenate, chairman of Woburn's Conservation Commission, had the statue removed to the famous "Skylight Studios" here in Woburn. Then over several months with some direction by Justin Gordon, with most of the Commission's budget and with some costs donated by the Skylight Studios itself an exact replica of the statue has been created.The DPW, under the direction of Fred Russell, has installed the statue at its original place along the Woburn Parkway this past week and it looks like it had never left. You may have seen the new statue this past fall as WREN (Woburn Residents' Environment Network) had the statue on it's float in the Halloween Parade. Several Native Americans were also on that float playing a ceremonial drum the length of the parade. Those Native Americans and others from the surrounding area gathered at the "Dedication" in their full regalia to bless the new statue with sacred herbs and song.