A Chief of the Multnomah Tribe
On View In:
Gallery 301
Artist:   Hermon Atkins MacNeil  
Title:   A Chief of the Multnomah Tribe  
Date:   1905  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   37 1/2 x 10 in. (95.3 x 25.4 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Donald and Louise Gabbert  
Location:   Gallery 301  

This figure of a chief, was originally designed for a larger monument erected in 1907 called The Coming of the White Man. Located on Sauvie Island, near Portland, Oregon, the monument also includes a medicine man and overlooks the Columbia River Gorge where Lewis and Clark emerged from the Rocky Mountains. This strategic spot was also the home of the Willamett Tribe. This is some historical evidence that a man named Multnomah was chief of the Willametts and in the 18th century commanded a network of more than 40 other tribes from the Cascades to the Pacific Coast. MacNeil's detailed but nostalgic image of this proudly defiant Native American was so widely admired that the artist cast and sold a number of smaller scale statuettes.

Name:   MacNeil, Hermon Atkins  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1866-1947  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature 'H.A. MacNeil, Roman Bronze Works, NY'  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Figure  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   91.120.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts