Bill Moose,
 last Wyandot in Ohio
painting by Dick Hoke


Wyandot Park
Riverside Drive at Lane Road

Chief Leatherlips' Monument on Riverside Drive in Dublin

Wyandot Bill Moose and his family walked from the Wyandot settlement at Upper Sandusky to Delaware County near the current Columbus Zoo to pay tribute to Wyandot Chief Shateyaronyah commonly known as Chief Leatherlips who was executed near where the Leatherlips Monument is located just south of the zoo.  The annual pilgrimage was during the running of the sap in the maple trees so the Wyandots camped and made maple syrup and sugar before returning home.


Bill Moose putting tobacco on Chief Leatherlips grave
painting by Hal Sherman

Following the death of his parents, Bill Moose traveled with the Sells Brothers-Floto Circus for 9 years and became acquainted with Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Frank Butler who were also with the circus for a time.

After the circus, Bill retired to central Ohio and became known as the Last of the Wyandots

Jim Thompson and the Linworth United Methodist Church Historical Society have done extensive research on Bill Moose and collected and exhibit on  the Last of the Wyandots.  The exhibit contains painting by Hal Sherman and Dick Hoke as well as display panels explaining the Chief Leatherlips/ Bill Moose and Wyandot Indian story.

The paintings are on loan to the Myers Inn Museum


Painting of Bill Moose by Dick Hoke
Photos by Suzanne Allen

Return to Museum     (06/02/2011)

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