Towering about 25 feet tall, with a big feathered headdress and ritual facial scars is – the Freeport, Indian – who also goes by the local nickname of “FBI” or Freeport Big Indian.
When driving along Route 1 outside Freeport, Maine, there’s a landmark you can’t miss – if so, you could need a visual checkup.
But, in the interests of political correctness, FBI is now MBNA or Maine's Big Native American and constructed of fiberglass, plywood and steel rods.
Originally, FBI/BMNA stood next to the Casco Bay Trading Post, a clothing and gift shop. The building was converted into an auto shop, a clothes store, the Conundrum Wine Bistro. and is now occupied by Winter People Image Marketing. Throughout the store changes, the statue prevailed.
After a recent face lift which included a new coat of paint, the statue is looking better than in recent years. It was created by Rodman Shutt of Strasburg, PA, creator of other fiberglass giants, including the Big Indian in Charlemont, MA, and Amos at the Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn in Lancaster, PA
FBI/MBNA was transported from Rod's studio in Strasburg, PA via flatbed truck in 1969. According to one account, when it was being transported to Maine, it caused such a sensation on the NJ Turnpike that the state demanded the driver only drive at night.
Just wondered, did they really think that helped people NOT notice?