Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or “empty saddle” ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from their lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart’s band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78, where a Nez Perce infant died. The Chief Redheart event honors the tribe’s suffering while reaffirming the peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Meals on Wheels during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a free traditional Native American feast, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or “empty saddle” ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from their lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart’s band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78, where a Nez Perce infant died. The Chief Redheart event honors the tribe’s suffering while reaffirming the peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Meals on Wheels during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a free traditional Native American feast, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or “empty saddle” ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from their lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart’s band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78, where a Nez Perce infant died. The Chief Redheart event honors the tribe’s suffering while reaffirming the peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Meals on Wheels during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a free traditional Native American feast, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or “empty saddle” ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from their lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart’s band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78, where a Nez Perce infant died. The Chief Redheart event honors the tribe’s suffering while reaffirming the peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Meals on Wheels during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a free traditional Native American feast, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. After you’ve eaten your fill, stroll over to the Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St.) for a 2 p.m. showing of the Oregon Experience film “C.E.S. Wood,” which tells the story of young U.S. Army Lt. C.E.S. Wood and his participation in the Nez Perce War of 1877.

Chief Redheart Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or “empty saddle” ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from their lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart’s band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78, where a Nez Perce infant died. The Chief Redheart event honors the tribe’s suffering while reaffirming the peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Meals on Wheels during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a free traditional Native American feast, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Rd. After you’ve eaten your fill, stroll over to the Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St.) for a 2 p.m. showing of the Oregon Experience film “C.E.S. Wood,” which tells the story of young U.S. Army Lt. C.E.S. Wood and his participation in the Nez Perce War of 1877.

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors and to reaffirm the current peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to do so. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or "empty saddle" ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans. All guests are invited to share in a feast of traditional Native American dishes, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association, following the ceremony.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen rain or shine. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Loaves and Fishes during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.

Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony

Every year in the spring, the Nez Perce people gather on the lower parade grounds at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to participate in a memorial ceremony honoring their ancestors and to reaffirm the current peaceable relations between the Nez Perce and those who have settled in their native lands. This ceremony is free and open to the public (although donations are welcome) and anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to do so. There will be speeches, tribal announcements and news, singing and remembrances, a riderless horse or "empty saddle" ceremony, the passing of the peace pipe, and recognition of armed forces veterans. All guests are invited to share in a feast of traditional Native American dishes, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association, following the ceremony.

This is a lengthy event—usually about five hours, give or take—and it will happen, rain or shine, from about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Visitors should bring their own blankets and chairs. Light refreshments will be served by Loaves and Fishes during the ceremony. Parking is available on Fifth St. For a map and directions, click here. For more information about the event, call 360-487-8630.