Chief Mon-Si-Moh


Chief Mon-Si-Moh


portrait, male, chippewa, chief


Chief Mon-Si-Moh stands holding an axe in his proper left hand. He wears a headband, with a plume rising from the top of his head and two black and white feathers coming up in an extended V behind his head. He wears a red, knee-length coat, with a white collar and a cross on it. Over his coat the chief wears two bands of material in a red X shape, decorated with a yellow and green floral design. His tan mocassins also have a yellow and green floral decoration. The sculpture is mounted on a tapered rectangular base. -- Smithsonian National Inventory. Inscription: (Wood plaque on front of base:) AT THE OLD CROSSING TREATY OF 1863/PROVISION WAS MADE FOR 640 ACRES OF LAND/NEAR THE MOUTH OF THIEF RIVER TO BE GIVEN/TO THE CHIEF OF THE RED LAKE BAND OF THE/CHIPPEWA INDIANS./THE CHIEF'S SECTION, ON WHICH A BIG PART OF/THIEF RIVER FALLS IS LOCATED WAS INHERITED BY/CHIEF MON-SI-MOH (ALSO KNOWN AS CHIEF RED ROBE)./IN 1879 FOLLOWING A GOVERNMENT SURVEY, MON-SI-MOH/DECIDED THE LAND WAS TOO VALUABLE TO LIE IDLE AND/FOR SEVERAL YEARS DEALT WITH LUMBERMEN LEASING/LAND TO THEM. IN 1895 THE FIRST SALE WAS MADE/FROM THE CHIEF'S SECTION. BY 1901 HE HAD SOLD/THE LAST OF HIS HOLDINGS. unsigned.


Creative Displays





Painted fiberglass on concrete footing


outdoor sculpture


Thief River Falls



Creative Displays, “Chief Mon-Si-Moh,” NLLN Regional Art and Artists, accessed August 18, 2022,