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Nez Perce Customs Explained at Big Hole Battlefield

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Silas Whitman and Leroy Seth will be at the Battlefield. (NPS Photos)

Two descendants of those who participated in the Chief Joseph’s Nez Perce Flight of 1877 will be featured speakers at the Big Hole National Battlefield this weekend.

Leroy Seth has been a professional pow-wow singer and dancer for many years and will present the pow-wow history and the meanings of the dance. Pow-wow regalia (see photo) will be displayed and explained.

Silas Whitman is Executive Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe. He will talk about the use and access of traditional tribal resources such as roots, herbs and cultural practices before and after the 1877 conflict.

This illuminating program is free and will be presented at the Visitor Center Saturday July 14 at noon and 3pm and Sunday at noon. There will be a campfire program at the US Forest Service May Creek Campground Saturday evening at 7pm. It’s 7 miles west of the Big Hole Battlefield on Highway 43.

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