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Name Moses, Chief
Othernames Born Loolowkin
Quetalican
Seven Shirts
Born 1829
Birthplace Wenatchee Flat or Moses Coulee, WA
Places of residence Nespelum, WA
Moses Lake, WA
Moses Coulee, WA
Rock Island, Columbia River, WA
Colville Reservation, WA
Wilber, WA
Titles & honors Leader of the Columbia Sinkiuse band of Indians.
Moses Lake, City of Moses Lake, and Moses Coulee named for him.
Father Half-Sun (Sulktalthscosum), Chief of the
Mother Between-the-Robes (Karneetsa), half Spok
Education His father sent him off at age 10 to Rev. Henry Spalding's Christian mission at Lapwai, Idaho, to learn Christianity and the white man's ways where he received the name Moses.

Could speak Nez Perce and English.
Notes All data from www.historylink.org.

Collected duck eggs in Moses Lake, WA.
Relationships Yakama
Nez Perce
Chief Joseph
Spouse Had several wives. His favorite was Mary who became his wife in 1864.
Deceased 03/15/1899

Associated Records

Image of 2004.025.0001 - Print, Photographic

2004.025.0001 - Print, Photographic

Photograph of Chief Moses.

Image of 1959.004.0007 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0007 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of a graveyard. Image of wooden crosses and stone headstones in field with vegetation. Fences, trees, and hills in background. Photo appears to be cropped. Note on back of photo written in black ink: "8. Chief Moses grave 1898, at Nespelem in / the beautiful peaceful hills." Written in pencil above other writing: "Josephs?" From Notes on Photographs: "Group 1: 8 Photographs. First group: Travelers of the Old Indian Trails across North Central Washington and neighbors of my father James Christianson who usurped their home in 1884." Photo: Group 1 No. 9: "Chief Moses Grave 1899."

Image of 1959.004.0002 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0002 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of Chief Moses. Image of probable Native American man from his shoulders up wearing a hat and a mixture of traditional and non traditional clothing. Printed on front of photo: "PHOTO BY BUSHNELL OF JAMES & BUSHNELL / CHIEF MOSES, THE FAMOUS INDIAN CHIEF, AFTER WHOM / THE VALLEY WAS NAMED." Note on back of photo written in blue ink: "No 2- Group I / Chief Moses." From Notes on Photographs: "Group 1: 8 Photographs. First group: Travelers of the Old Indian Trails across North Central Washington and neighbors of my father James Christianson who usurped their home in 1884." Photo: Group 1 No. 2: "Chief Moses."

Image of 1959.004.0003 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0003 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of Mary Moses and Nellie Frielander. Image of two probable Native American women standing in front of a tepee, one in middle age with braids on proper right hand side and elderly woman on proper left hand side. Both women are dressed in long sleeve floral print dresses and are wearing beaded necklaces. Younger woman has a bracelet on each wrist and a modern belt around her waist. Older woman has woven belt around her waist, rings on both hands, and using a cane. Note on back of photo written in blue ink: "4 Group I / Old Mary Moses & sister / Nellie Frielauder." (This statement has a pencil line drawn through it). Written in pencil below crossed

Image of 1959.004.0009 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0009 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of six Native American Chiefs on horses. Image of six probable Native American men with braids on horseback dressed in full regalia/traditional Native American dress. Dress includes feather headdresses, moccasins, hair pipe breast plates, ermine tails, bead necklaces, and beaded clothing. Buildings, telephone pole, other horses and people, and hills in background. "(cutoff)-WASH. LADD-" printed in white in proper lower right corner. Note on back of photo written in blue ink and pencil: "9 Group 2- / Chiefs after Chief Moses. No 1st Joe Moses / 3rd Quil-ten-enock / 4th Billie Curlew / 2d is Jim Howos / 5th Under light Squintkiman / 6th Last in ro

Image of 2004.023.0001 - Photograph, Cabinet

2004.023.0001 - Photograph, Cabinet

Black and white photograph with white border of Chief Moses and his family posing for photograph in Wilbur, WA on July 4, 1898. Image of three probable young Native American women on proper right hand side of older probable Native American man with one probable young Native American woman and one probable young Native American man on proper left hand side of older man. All six people appear to be dressed in traditional Native American dress/regalia and all are on horseback with saddles and stirrups. Older man's horse appears to have regalia. The four woman and young man have their hair in braids and older man appears to be wearing feather head dress. Women each have two earring

Image of 2005.006.0001 - Print, Photographic

2005.006.0001 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of grave of Chief Moses in Nespelem, WA. Image of large light colored engraved tombstone inside wooden picket fence with vegetation on ground and vegetation and wooden crosses in background behind fence. Inscription on tombstone reads: "CHIEF MOSES / BORN / 1829 / DIED / MAR. 25, 1899 / AGED / 70 YRS." Engravings/carvings include a slanted Latin-style cross near top of tombstone above inscription, design of lines and circles below inscription, and "MOSES" in large capital letter on base. Cross has "I.H.S" engraved on horizontal bar. "Nespelem / Wash." written in cursive in black ink near top of paper on back of photo. "7" written in b