Chief Leatherlips, SHA-TE-YAH-RON-YA, Dublin Ohio

Chief Leatherlips GravestoneThe gravestone of Chief Leatherlips who was executed on June 1, 1810. Ohio had been a state only 7 years when Chief Leatherlips was executed. He was named Leatherlips by White Man because he never broke a promise. He was a good friend of whitemen. He was an important Wyandot Indian Chief. He signed The Treaty of Greenville which put an end to the Northwest Indian Wars after the Battle of Fallen Timbers in August of 1795.

plaque on gravestoneThis quote by William Sells: "O, Johnny my heart was touched by the taking away of that good Indiana. His word was as true as Gospel. He proved it by his actions. This certainly gives credence to his name. William Sells witnessed his execution and tried to stop it to no avail. There are several stories about how and why he was executed. Tecumseh's brother Tenskwatawa condemned him to death for giving away Indian Lands. He signed land over to The Whites in The Greenville Treaty. It is also recorded that when The Wyandots moved northward bad health and other negative things happened to them. Chief SHA-TE-YAH-RON-YA (Leatherlips), stayed behind in Ohio; the Dublin area rather than moving on with the tribe because he didn't want to leave his white friends. The tribe thought he'd brought them bad luck and that he practiced witch doctor tactics that caused them to have bad luck.

His own brother, Roundhead sent 6 warriers to carry out the death order of Tenskwatawa. He was, according to one account given an opportunity to move back with tribe which he denied. His executioners sang the death chant with him and then killed him with their tomahawks. Chief Leatherlips wore his finery for the occasion.

historical marker for Leatherlips hunting campThis plaque rests in a different location then the above gravestone of Chief Leatherlips. The gravestone is suppose to the area where he was executed. This plaque marks the last known hunting camp of Chief Leatherlips at 7377 Riverside Drive. This location is on the opposite side of the road and is south of the gravestone. Walk up the hill from the historical marker and you see this.

Limestone Leatherlips MemorialA interesting 12 foot tall Limestone likeness of Chief Leatherlips. The likeness even shows his long flowing hair which flows into the hillside. This monument was dedicated in July of 1990 by The Dublin Art Council. Walk up the hill beside the memorial for a birds eye view.

inside Leatherlips MemorialA great place to take the kids. They can pose where Stanley is and look down over Chief Leatherlips camp. At this point it's like you're on top of his head. As you look around the beautiful park you'll see The Scioto River. No doubt Chief fished and hunted for life game on it's shores. Re-create that with the kids and bring your fishing pole.

outdoor theatre and stageTo the right of the large impressive monument is this wonderful outdoor theatre where summertime performance take place. Come spent the day, bring a picnic. Bathroom facilities are available, and several parking lots. This is free, please come and enjoy the scenery and reflect on the life of Chief Leatherlips.

Depending on the age of the kids you might not wish to dwell on how The Good Chief died; but you can still discuss how he helped The Whites in what was then very much a wilderness area. Fishing of course will help them remember the activity, even if you're doing the activity here on my blog vs being there in person...you can still go fishing. Make a tent on the close line, let the kids pretent their at camp. Build with clay, or blocks a likeness of someone they know, like a family member. Buy a piece of leather at the fabric store and let them make something with leather. As with all our activities pull in math, let them figure out how long things happened. Word puzzles never get old, make a hidden word puzzle. The important thing is have fun with it, and the kids will learn something along the way.

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  1. I was wondering what is up with that weird gravatar??? I know 5am is early and I'm not looking my best at that hour, but I hope I don't look like this! I might however make that face if I'm asked to do 100 pushups. lol Hvar Island

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  2. That's certainly an interesting name! His story is very interesting and that limestone likeness is great!

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  3. You know, I hate to hear about good individuals like Chief Leatherlips being killed for doing good. The Bible is full of such examples and this is still happening today in our society. What a crying shame! I am going to have to get to your neck of the woods one of these days and see these sights for myself. Think you would be available as a tour guide if and when we come? Thanks!

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  4. What a fascinating story, albeit very sad and such a dreadful waste of life.

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  5. Interesting story and nice photos. It looks like a great place to bring kids. They get to enjoy the view and at the same time they will get to hear the story of this great man.

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  6. It's good that you are really able to go around and learn so much about culture and history. I think that we generally lack parks here where people can just go hang out, walk, take the dogs, or sit and read a book. We certainly lack historical markers and memorials.

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  7. nice to know about this history.

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  8. What an interesting, but sad story. Great pictures!

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Sunday!

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  10. Wow thanks for sharing this!
    That is one fascinating story!
    Have a Fabulous Sunday!

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  11. Wow. I'm from CLeveland area and had NO idea about Chief Leather Lips. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by.

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  12. I love that limestone sculpture of Leather Lips (what a name)! It's just so different from most stone sculptures you see.

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  13. I can't get enough history. I love reading about the great people and events that took place.

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  14. The pictures are exquisite and your article was beautifully written.

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