Paradise in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia
Clark Fork Corridor: The People
Euro-Americans arrived around 1810. In 1855, Governor Isaac Stevens and leaders of the Salish and Kootenai tribes signed the Hellgate Treaty. Native peoples ceded much of western Montana while retaining the Flathead Reservation east of here. The tribes kept the right to hunt, gather and fish throughout their traditional homeland in perpetuity.
Today, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes have over 6,500 enrolled members and maintain a sophisticated government with headquarters in Pablo, Montana.
A highly effective weapon, the atlatl (throwing stick) was used world-wide for over 39,000 years before the bow and arrow was developed.
Native plants like camas, serviceberry and bitterroot have been harvested by native people in this area for thousands of years. The lily-like, blue-flowered camas produces bulbs that are sweet and nutritious when baked.
Erected by Lolo National Forest.
Location. 47° 19.049′ Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise MT 59856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Earth's Blood Flows Past You (here, next to this marker); Phantom Formation Is Rock Solid In Corridor (a few steps from this marker); Coursing Through Miles Of Montana (approx. 1.9 miles away); Searching For Fur And A Finer Life (approx. 1.9 miles away); Wildlife Thrive In Corridor Year Round (approx. 1.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Lolo National Forest. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Treaty of Hellgate (pdf file). Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.