Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One Last Look at Northern Montana

This is the last post on our trip to Northern Montana. During our visit to the Chief Joseph Battleground, I took some closer shots of some of the memorials and the offerings that had been left at each one.

If you look really close, you will see all kinds of interesting items. I found tobacco at a lot of the memorials. And also coins. Beadwork, too.

The most interesting thing I found is in the last photograph of this post. I think it might be a mother goddess figurine. Or an amulet of some sort. The piece is very beautiful in its simplicity. It was found at the base of a marker that says "To the everlasting memory of the brave warriors Chief Joseph's Band who fought on these grounds in the Nez Perce War of 1877. Erected by the Nez Perce Indians and the Chief Joseph Memorial Association, June 1928. Apparently there used to be a bust of Chief Joseph at the top of this marker, but it has since been removed and resides at the Chinook Museum.

Looking Glass Killed

Chief Ollokot Fell

Bear Paw Battlefield and Chief Joseph Battleground are two names for the same place as far as I can tell. The brown road sign marker which looks fairly new marks it as Bear Paw Battlefield. However, once we were in the park I found a marker from 1989 which states that Chief Joseph Battleground is a national historic landmark. I would guess they have renamed the park in recent years.

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