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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.
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 bulbs that are sweet and nutritious when baked.
 
Erected by Lolo National Forest.
 
Location. 47° 19.049′ 
The Clark Fork (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. The Clark Fork (facing north)
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.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
The Clark Fork (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
3. The Clark Fork (facing south)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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