Things To Do

Visitor Center

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.

Viewing Deck

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


138th Commemoration on August 8, 2015

The 138th Commemoration of the Big Hole Battle will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015. Nez Perce veterans and tribal elders will remember and honor all who have fought and died on the Battlefield through a pipe ceremony and drum circle, (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. There will be shuttle vans if needed. Following the commemoration ceremonies the Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club will give a presentation and Michael Penney and Nez Perce Nation Drum will perform drum and song.


 
 

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES 2015

JUNE 27-28th –PRISCILLA ARTHUR- "COYOTE STORIES" Join Priscilla as she tells the winter time stories that teach life-long lessons to children.

JULY 4-5th PETE WILSON- "NEZ PERCE CULTURE" Pete discusses the traditions and culture of the Nez Perce people.

JULY 11-12th –ROBERT BROWN-"MAJOR CHARLES RAWN, THE FRONTIER ARMY, AND THE NEZ PERCE WAR OF 1877" See a first person account of Major Rawn, who was a participant in the 1877 conflict.

JULY 18-19th –LEROY SETH AND SILAS WHITMAN- Leroy tells of "TRIBAL DANCING AND REGALIA" and Silas discusses the "NATURAL RESOURCE USES FOR MEDICINE, FOOD AND EVERYDAY SURVIVAL OF THE NEZ PERCE."

JULY 25-26th –NAOMI WOOD- "STICKGAME" Learn the history of this traditional tribal game and participate in a fun and interactive program.

AUGUST 1-2nd –DONALD SAFFORD- "FLINT KNAPPING." Join Donald while he explains and demonstrates the basics of arrowhead making.

AUGUST 8th-9thANNUAL COMMEMORATION/MIKE PENNEY AND NEZ
PERCE 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 following the 138th 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 8th -NEZ PERCE APPALOOSA HORSE CLUB- One program only, following the
Commemoration. View Appaloosa horses and their riders. Learn why they are so important to the Nez Perce.

AUGUST 15-16th –SUZE HAVENER- THE HOMELAND-NIIMIIPUU (NEE-ME-POO) "WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE" Ancient Art Forms from the Nez Perce Homeland to Present Day Works of Art. Suze discusses the ties Nez Perce have to their ancestral homelands through artwork.

**Unless otherwise stated, presentations are Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3p.m. at Big Hole
National Battlefield Visitor Center. For more information call (406) 689-3155.

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