An interesting Fact from history
Did you know that the great leader of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa was the model for the State Seal of the State of Massachusetts? Yes, he actually is.
The head used for the official Massachusetts seal comes from the famous portrait of Little Shell (Es-ence) which was furnished to the designers of the seal by the Bureau of American Ethnology. His picture was selected to be the model for the seal (to quote the designers) “...not only because he [Little Shell] was a fine specimen of an Indian, but also because his tribe, the Ojibwas, belong to the great Algonquin family of which the Massachusetts were also members”. As he stands on the shield, Little Shell is clothed in a shirt, leggings and moccasins.
The legislature of Massachusetts approved the state seal with Little Shell’s image on June 4, 1885. The Massachusetts Little Shell inspired seal also graces the State Flag.
A collaborative effort of members of the Ojibwe and Metis communities