Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.) 1971-1985, October 01, 1981, Image 14

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Photos and story by Clair Krebsbach Back to the Bitterroot Clair Krebsbach and one of the Tribes' most respected elders, Agnes Vanderburg. Clarence Woodcock M r. and Mrs. Joe Eneas Page 14 October 1, 1981 Frances Vanderburg The Flathead People lived in the Bitterroot Valley for many years. Soon after the Hell Gate Treaty of 1855, most of the Flatheads moved up to the present-day Reservation. Some stayed behind in the Bitterroot with Chief Charlo until 1891 but then reluctantly came north to the Flathead Reservation. Many of the old people were buried in the Bitterroot and there are still many markers of the graves near the old St. Mary’s Church. It has been traditional over the years to make a pilgrim­ age back to where the forefathers are buried. This year’s pilgrimage was Sunday, September 13. In recent years it has been traditional to have the priests say mass in memory of those who are buried in Stevensville and it is customary to have a “ feed” and war dance.

Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.), 01 Oct. 1981, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn79007540/1981-10-01/ed-1/seq-14/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.