The Big Indian

Vinita, Oklahoma

OklahomaRoadside Attraction

On November 10, 2023, a new attraction was installed on Route 66 at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma: The Big Indian.

The Native American statue was made by Rodman Shutt, a sculptor from Strasburg, Pennsylvania who made giant sculptures across the Northeast in the 1960s and ‘70s. Since 1974, this sculpture stood outside Native and Himalayan Views (formerly the Big Indian Shop) near Charlemont, Massachusetts, along Route 2, also known as the Mohawk Trail.

In 2023, after months of opposition from local Indigenous groups and a widely-signed petition that said the work perpetuated racial stereotypes, the owners sold the piece to Alan and Beth Hilburn, the owners of Hi-Way Cafe, who had it restored by American Giants in Illinois before moving it to Oklahoma.

You can now find the Native American statue in Vinita, Oklahoma, at Hi-Way Cafe, across the parking lot from the Big Bill Muffler Man and near the Western Motel.

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The Big Indian at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant

The Big Indian

Address:
437918 US-60, Vinita, OK 74301

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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The Big Indian at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
The Big Indian at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant
The Big Indian at Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Restaurant

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to The Big Indian in Vinita, Oklahoma, here are some things to know before you go.

  • While this roadside attraction is visible 24/7, the Hi-Way Cafe has more limited hours.

Where to Stay Near The Big Indian

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest at one of these hotels near this Route 66 attraction. While there are a couple of options for hotels in Vinita, nearby Tulsa also has many hotels to choose from and is just a short drive away.

Western Motel

You can’t get any closer than this. Across the parking lot from the Hi-Way Cafe find Western Motel. This small hotel is clean, affordable, and right on Route 66!

Relax Inn

Relax for the night at Relax Inn in Vinita. Guest rooms offer air conditioning, a seating area, cable TV, WiFi, coffee maker, and a compact refrigerator. On site parking is available for cars and larger vehicles.

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel located on Santa Fe Square in the Blue Dome District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Blue Dome District is one of Tulsa’s most popular entertainment districts with a wide variety of local restaurants, bars, and venues. The interior of this Tulsa hotel pays homage to the surrounding area with an industrial-inspired modern look. Murals and artwork throughout the hotel are inspired by local attractions and history.

The Campbell Hotel

The Campbell Hotel offers a luxury experience in lavish and historic accommodation that is on National Register of Historic Places. Originally opened as the Casa Loma Hotel inside the Max Campbell Building in 1927, the property was conveniently located at the end of the trolley line that ran from downtown to Delaware Avenue on 11th Street.

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