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Paradise in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia

Clark Fork Corridor: The People

 
 
Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
1. Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia Marker
Inscription.  Native people hunted this area 9,000 years ago for bighorn sheep, elk and long-horned bison. Making “seasonal rounds” to specific locations, they maintained a comfortable lifeway by hunting, fishing and harvesting native plants.

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.

Spearing Supper
A highly effective weapon, the atlatl (throwing stick) was used world-wide for over 39,000 years before the bow and arrow was developed.

Digging Delicacies
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
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bulbs that are sweet and nutritious when baked.
 
Erected by Lolo National Forest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1810.
 
Location. 47° 19.049′ N, 114° 48.279′ W. Marker is in Paradise, Montana, in Sanders County. Marker is on State Highway 135, 3.3 miles south of State Highway 200, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise MT 59856, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 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); Gideon Bibles (approx. 9.2 miles away); Superior School (approx. 9.4 miles away); Wild Horse Plains (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paradise.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Lolo National Forest. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
The Clark Fork (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. The Clark Fork (facing north)
 
The Clark Fork (facing south) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
3. The Clark Fork (facing south)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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