Chief Multnomah

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20th century postcard depicting Chief Multnomah

Chief Multnomah was an 18th-century Willamette leader in the Columbia River Valley. Though once thought to be a fictional or mythic character, more recent study of Native American oral tradition suggests he was a real individual who held significant power in his prime.[1] He is depicted in Hermon Atkins MacNeil's 1904 sculpture, Coming of the White Man, located in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon.[2][3]


  1. ^ Steineger, Melissa (May 2, 2005). "Chasing the Multnomah Myth: A history professor uncovers the stories behind the ubiquitous Oregon name.". Portland State Magazine. Portland State University. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Coming of the White Man". Regional Arts & Culture Council. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Coming of the White Man, (sculpture).". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved February 24, 2014.