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| caption = The sculpture commemorates Chief Konieschquanoheel of the Delaware
Indians, and is installed where the tribe established their camp after they were driven from the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The site was chosed by city officials who believed it to be an important junction on the Portage Path, an Indian trail leading from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The path, however, passed Barberton to the east, near Summit and Nesmith Lakes.
<p>Captain Pipe was a leader ofthe Delaware
Indians during and after the American Revolution. Little is knownof his early years. His American Indian name was Konieschquanoheel, meaning"maker of light." His nickname among the Delaware was Hopocan, whichtranslates to "tobacco pipe." By the time of the American Revolution,he had become a leader among his people. During the conflict, he first tried toremain neutral to both the English and the Americans. He refused to take uparms against the Americans even after General Edward Hand killed his mother,brother, and a few of his children during a military campaign in 1778. TheDelawares that Hand attacked were neutral, but he sought to protect Americansettlers in the Ohio Country from Indian attack and sometimes killed innocentnatives. Later that same year, General Lachlan McIntosh, the American commanderat Fort Pitt, requested permission from the Delaware Indians to march throughtheir territory to attack Fort Detroit. Captain Pipe and other Delaware chiefsagreed, as long as the soldiers would build a fort to protect the Delaware formboth the British and white settlers. McIntosh agreed and had Fort Laurens builtnear the Delaware villages in eastern Ohio. After constructing the fort,McIntosh demanded that the Ohio Country natives assist the Americans incapturing Fort Detroit. If the Indians refused, McIntosh threatened them withextermination.
<p>Realizing how weakMcIntosh's force was and believing that the Americans could not protect them fromthe British and their native allies, Captain Pipe and many other Delaware
Indians began to form a friendlier relationship with the English. The Americanspushed Captain Pipe solidly into England's embrace in 1781, when Colonel DanielBrodhead attacked and destroyed Coshocton, a Delaware Indian village. CaptainPipe spent the remainder of the war trying to thwart American expansion intothe Ohio Country. In 1782, he participated in William Crawford's defeat.Seeking vengeance for the Gnadenhutten Massacre, Captain Pipe was probably theone who marked Crawford for death by painting his face black. He alsothreatened to kill Simon Girty if he tried to intercede on Crawford's behalfwhile the natives first tortured and then executed him. Following the Revolution,Captain Pipe continued to resist white settlement of the Ohio Country (known asthe Northwest Territory at this point). By the 1810s and 1820s, Captain Piperealized his people had little chance against the Americans and began tonegotiate treaties. The whites quickly violated these agreements, moving ontoland set aside for the Delaware People.
<p>The exact date of the death of Captain Pipe has not been determined.Some writers have argued that he died as early as 1794. Others believe that helived until 1812-1814 when his role was assumed by his son who was also calledCaptain Pipe.</p>