Washington artist selected for new Chief Bemidji sculpture
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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