MOIRA (MIRI) VILLIARD
Chief BuffALO MEMORIAL
Community MURAL PROJECT
"The treaty was not a grant of rights to the Indians, but a grant of rights from them -- a reservation of those not granted." US v. Winans (1905)
Chief Buffalo, known as Bichiki and Gichi-waishke, was a revered figure in the history of Ojibwe people in the western Lake Superior region. The murals are an ongoing effort over the next year or so to convert a large maze of walls near the lake walk to an educational public art space. The murals are painted in collaboration with local community members, and focus on the journey of Chief Buffalo, a story inaccessible through both art and public space in Duluth; they will also feature contemporary imagery of Native people and our existence and connection to the land today.