NEZ PERCE COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF THE BIG HOLE
The annual commemoration of the Battle of the Big Hole is held in August. Aside from specific events, the park is a daily, ongoing commemoration of the battle and the people involved.
On August 9, 1877, gun shots shattered a chilly dawn on a sleeping camp of Nez Perce. By the time the smoke cleared on August 10, almost 90 Nez Perce were dead along with 31 soldiers and volunteers. Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.
Throughout the summer season the national park hosts a series of talks and programs led by Nez Perce elders and park rangers.