Magical History Tour: Chief White Eagle

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Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library/Agoura Hills Branch

 

Jean de Strelecki, a Polish count and artist who settled in Agoura in the 1930s, was inspired by the few remaining Chumash Indians still in the area. To honor them, he designed and built a 14-foot statue of a Indian chief and placed it atop Mount Strella. Many residents donated money and labor to aid in completing the project. The unveiling ceremonies were held on May 5, 1940, and the statue was given the name Chief White Eagle. Ten Chumash Indians attended the event.

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This information was taken from “Images of America: Agoura Hills  from Arcadia Publishing. This book is available at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Agoura Hills. 


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