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Gareth Curtiss of Olympia, Wash., has been selected to produce a 9-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Shaynowishkung, also known as Chief Bemidji, based off of the models he produced for a local committee's consideration. One full-length sculpture will be produced; the model of his bust was offered to showcase the amount of detail Curtiss plans to include in the work. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Washington artist selected for new Chief Bemidji sculpture

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BEMIDJI - With a Bear Clan pipe on his left arm and a diamond willow walking stick in his right hand, Chief Bemidji stands poised, looking out beyond that which is directly in front of him.


This is artist Gareth Curtiss' interpretation of Shaynowishkung, who was given the honorary title of Chief Bemidji by early settlers. Shaynowishkung was the first permanent settler in what would become Bemidji and the first to greet early white settlers when they arrived in 1888.

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