Stum Ma Nu, "A Flat Head Boy"
L. 19" : W. 13"
Printed by F.W. Greenough in Philadelphia, 1838. The hand-colored plate is taken from McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America, published in three volumes over the course of six years - 1838-1844. The original lithographic drawing done on stone was by J.T. Bowen. The condition is very good
Stum Ma Nu (ca 1818 - 1839) was from the Flathead - Chinook people who lived north of the lower Columbia River. The Flathead were so called because of the practice of shaping an infant's head with a board, the resulting flattened forehead of the grown child, and adult, considered to be beautiful. This nation is not to be confused with the Flathead of Montana. Stum Ma Nu was an expert fisherman. He was first educated at the Indian school founded by Dr. John McLoughlin and continued his education at the Methodist missionary school founded by the Reverend Jason Lee near present day Salem, Oregon. He was taken east by Jason Lee to help in a fundraising campaign for the missionary school. Stum Ma Nu died in New York City from an unknown illness during that fundraising campaign.