Yellow Bird Returns

W. Rose Street, Walla Walla, WA

Bronze sculpture by Roger McGee dedicated in 2005


Yellow Bird Returns

Photo taken by Richard Doody in May 2010



Peo-Peo-Mox-Mox (Yellowbird) was born prior to the arrival of Lewis & Clark. He became the head chief of the Walla Wallas, as well as a leader among inland tribes. At the 1855 treaty council, he resisted the reservation policy and with Cayuse leaders,helped win a separate reservation for the Walla Walla, Cayuse and Umatilla Indians. He was later killed and his body mutilated by Oregon Volunteers during the Battle of Walla Walla, while negotiating for his people under a flag of truce. His burial place is unknown.

This larger than life statue, entitled Yellow Bird Returns, by Roger McGee was dedicated on the 150 anniversary of the treaty signing. It stands in a small park on the corner of Third and Rose Streets across from Walla Walla City Hall.

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • December 1, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


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