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
SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES 2014
JUNE 28-29th – JOSIAH PINKHAM & ALLEN V. PINKHAM SR.- Josiah will discuss Nez Perce story telling, history and culture. Allen, (co-author with Dr. Steve Evans of the newly published book "Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce"), will discuss his book.
JULY 5-6th – VIVIAN WILSON - Vivian will talk about "Cradleboards". The construction, purpose and evolution of them.
JULY 12-13th – LEROY SETH & SILAS WHITMAN - Leroy tells of the "Historical Perspectives of Pow-Wow as a Native Art Form" and Silas discusses the "Traditional Use and Access of Natural Resources for the Nez Perce People."
JULY 19-20th –NAKIA WILLIAMSON - Nakia's topic is "Nez Perce Traditional Knowledge and Ecology"
JULY 26-27th – MICHAEL JOHNSON & SHAWNA GAVIN- The always fun and popular "Stickgame" returns, along with the art of weaving. Many beautiful woven items to view.
AUGUST 2-3rd- BESSIE BLACKEAGLE- "Nimipuutimt - The Nez Perce Language" from a young Nez Perce perspective.
AUGUST 9th-10th ANNUAL COMMEMORATION/MIKE PENNEY AND NEZPERCE NATION DRUM - Honor those who fought and died here in 1877 and pay tribute to those who survived. Drum and song with Nez Perce Nation Drum follow the 137th Commemoration of the 1877 events. (Nez Perce Nation Drum will also perform Saturday at 7p.m. at the May Creek Campground and again on Sunday at noon at the Big Hole National Battlefield Visitor Center.)
AUGUST 16-17TH – BOB BROWN – "Major Charles Rawn, the Frontier Army, and the Nez Perce War of 1877"A first person account of Major Rawn, a participant in the 1877 conflict.
Unless other wise stated, presentations are Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3p.m. at Big HoleNational Battlefield Visitor Center. Big Hole National Battlefield is located 10 miles west of Wisdom, Montana on Highway 43. May Creek is located 17 miles west of Wisdom on Highway 43. For more information call (406) 689-3155.
Did You Know?
Bear Paw Battleground, near present day Chinook, Montana, is one of the most significant sites associated with the Nez Perce campaign. It was the place where Chief Joseph gave his surrender speech, which stirred the nation.