Szukalski was a respected artist in Poland in the 1930′s, but most of his art and sculpture, including his own National Museum, was destroyed in World War II. After the war, Szukalski fled to Southern California. There, he developed a hypothesis that the world’s population descended from a mystic cult on Easter Island – and that humans were enslaved by Pan-like, half-wild Yetis.
In 1929 Szukalski was a founder of the artistic movement “Szczep Rogate Serce”- Tribe of the Horned Heart. It consisted of Polish artists who sought inspiration in the pagan, pre-Christian history of Poland. The group’s motto was “Miłować, walczyć” (Love and fight). The group lasted until 1936, during which time they published a newsletter and created nationwide exhibits of their work. Szukalski designed the “Toporzeł” (Axeagle) (click), an emblem of Poland reborn.