"Warriors" Ties to the Seneca Nation
As one can read in the past yearbooks and newspapers and was explained to WJ President Karl Ertle, by members of the original classes over a six month dialogue, "Warriors" was selected as a means of celebrating the rich heritage of the Native Americans of the area. Members of the class of ’69 took the lead and helped emphasize the connection to the Seneca Nation that led to “Wyoga” Lake, that is, “land of the turtles” in Seneca.
In the Spring of 2016, a Seneca Nation Tribute, carved by Artist Joe Frohnapfel of Stow, was errected in front of the Commons. Joe created a signature piece for Walsh Jesuit that has been donated by an alum. Mr. Ertle spent time communicating with representatives of the Seneca Nation (who are just west of Buffalo, NY) and Joe worked to impart details that capture the Seneca charism---as he has in his many other award-winning pieces that are located throughout the Greater Akron area. You can see his work along Market Street and in local parks, including a large sculpture of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and Geronimo. Joe is deeply respectful of the Native American traditions and has stated that “the wood whispers" to him. Joe's brother, who attended Walsh Jesuit, was also been insturmental in the carving of the tribute by working about 400 hours to hand carve the tribute out of a single tree from Silver Lake, Ohio.
One final note regarding the etymology of “Warrior”---on the Seneca Nation and other webpages, there are facts about the tribes that came together to form the Nation. There are references to “warrior-ambassador” as the Seneca were known to work to facilitate the communication between the various tribes as they worked to form the Seneca Nation.