Mural 12

“Sahaptin Medicine Man”

This mural depicts the wisdom and mystery of the Native American Medicine Man. An integral part of Native American culture, the Medicine Man walked the path between the spirit world and ordinary reality. In the days before white settlers, the medicine man of the Sahaptin speaking people of the Wyam area (Celilo Falls) had great powers and lived away from other tribal members. His duties consisted of all things of the body and spirit as well as being a voice of the land to bring the renewal of abundance to the natural world, especially the seasonal return of the spawning salmon, the nusook.

Artist: Gary Kerby
Painted:
 June, 2003
Location:
 Downtown, 1st and Union St.