Friends of Bear Paw, Big Hole & Canyon Creek Battlefields

Scheduled Events

136th Commemoration Set for August 10, 2013

The 136th Commemoration of the Big Hole Battle will take place Saturday, August 10, 2013. Nez Perce veterans and tribal elders will remember and honor all who have fought and died on the Battlefield through a pipe ceremony (NO PHOTOS please during this ceremony), and pay tribute to those who survived. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Commemorative activities will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. near the Nez Perce Camp. Bring water, sunscreen, and a folding chair or blanket. The Nez Perce Camp is a ¾ mile walk from the lower parking lot. Following the commemoration ceremonies, Michael Penney and Nez Perce Nation Drum will perform drum and song.

The visitor center contains museum exhibits, a film, and book sales area. The park film, Weet’uciklitukt: There is No Turning Back, provides an introduction to the Nez Perce War of 1877 and the tragedy that took place here. The film is shown throughout the day. The Battlefield Visitor Center will be open 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

The Battle of the Big Hole was fought on August 9 and 10, 1877, when Nez Perce families, along with their Palouse and Cayuse allies, were attacked by the U.S. Seventh Infantry and civilian volunteers. Approximately sixty to ninety Nez Perce men, women, and children lost their lives, as well as 31 soldiers and volunteers.      

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Battlefield Contact Information

The Big Hole National Battlefield is located ten miles west of Wisdom, Montana on State Highway 43. Directions to Big Hole National Battlefield from Wisdom, MT, take State Highway 43 west for 10 miles and from Lost Trail Pass junction with US Highway 93, on the Montana and Idaho border, take State Highway 43 east for 16 miles.

Big Hole National Battlefield - (406) 689- 3155
Bear Paw Battlefield - (406) 357- 3130

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