Ilchee Statue and Plaza

Ilchee sculpture on the Columbia Waterfront

By Eric Jensen
Location: Southeast Columbia River Drive

Ilchee, or "Moon Woman," was the daughter of powerful Chinook Chief Comcomly, the “one-eyed chief” of the Chinook tribe. In 1811, she married Duncan McDougal of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company, in the first marriage in Astoria. In 1813, McDougal left after Astoria was turned over to the British, and Ilchee traveled to the Fort Vancouver area, where she met and married Chief Casino, a Chinook chief and successor to Chief Comcomly, before returning to her home at the mouth of the Columbia.

The plaza she kneels in is meant to honor the Chinook people, who lived in the land from the mouth of the Columbia inland for thousands of years. 

Eric Jensen created this 7-foot, 700-pound bronze figure of Ilchee, commissioned by the city in 1994. She looks west over the Columbia River, toward her family’s ancestral home at Chinook Point.

 

Location
Illchee Statue and Plaza
SE Columbia River Drive
Vancouver, WA