Part of the plaque under the sculpture reads ...
"The Kaskaskia, one of six Indian tribes of the Illiniwek confederacy lived in a large village along these shores. Other tribes included the Shawnee, Miami, and sub-tribes Wea and Piankeshaw. Also figuring in events of the late-era were Iroquois, Winnebago, Sac, Fox, Potawatomi, and Kickapoo."
During the dedication, Hayna Sine, a representative of the Winnebago tribe, and Toth smoked a peace pipe before circling the statue for a blessing from the four winds.
Sine explained the east wind signified the start of the day where the sun rises, the south being the warmth of the sun as it shines overhead, the west is for the sun's setting, and the north representing snow in the winter to enrich the soil and start of life again.
The 20-foot-tall statue at Starved Rock, named "Chief Walks with the Wind," was placed on June 13, 1989.
Although Toth said the sculpture served to commemorate all Native Americans, including those of the Illini Tribe Confederation, Sam "Chief Walks With the Wind" Sine of the Winnebago Nation was a specific inspiration.