Things To Do
The park's visitor center offers museum exhibits, a film, and a book sales area. The award winning film Weet'uciklitukt: There's No Turning Back, Battle at Big Hole provides an introduction to the Nez Perce War of 1877 and the tragedy that took place here. The film is shown throughout the day and is closed captioned.
The outside observation deck provides an opportunity to explore the battlefield year round. Viewing scopes provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
To schedule the Battlefield's Sign Language Interpreter please notify the park ahead of time by e-mail to e-mail us
2013 Summer Speaker Series
All presentations are Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3 PM unless otherwise stated
June 29-30 - Bob Brown - A first person presentation of Major Rawn, a participant of the 1877 conflict
July 6-7 - Red Heart & Ruby - Flintknapping (Sat Noon), Native American Flute (Sat 3:00) Beadwork (Sun Noon), Native American Flute with displays of beadwork and flintknapping (Sun 3:00)
July 13-14 - Leroy Seth & Silas Whitman - Historical perspectives of Pow-Wow as a native art form and the traditional use and access of natural resources for the Nez Perce People
July 20 - Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club - One program only at 10 am on Saturday - Appaloosa horses and whet they mean to the Nez Perce People
July 20-21 - Jack Gladstone - (Sat noon and Sun Noon and 3) Native Montana "poet-singer" Programs cover cultural change on the northwestern plains and Native storytelling through song.
July 27-28 - Red Tail - 1860-1880 Intermountain Indian. Native American apparel and flute music (Sat noon and 3, Sun 10 and noon)
August 3-4 - Bessie Blackeagle - Nimipuutimt - The history and culture of the Nez Perce language
August 10 - Annual Commemoration - Honor those who fought and died here in 1877 and pay tribute to those who survived
August 10-11 - Mike Penney and the Nez Perce Nation Drum - (Sat following the Commemoration and at May Creek Camp Ground 7 PM, and Sun at the visitor center) Drum and song follow the 136th commemoration of the 1877 events.
August 17-18 - Michael Johnson and Shawna Gavin - The fun and popular "Stickgame" returns along with the art of weaving.
Did You Know?
The two box elder trees in the Nez Perce camp area at Bear Paw Battlefield are the same trees that were there in 1877. Over the years they have died back or been burnt, but these hardy members of the maple family always grow back.