Nez Perce remember Chief Red Heart in annual memorial at Fort Vancouver

Featured image by Cheryl Landes

Every year, Nez Perce tribal members travel to sites important in their history to conduct traditional memorials honoring their ancestors. One of the tribe’s stops is at Fort Vancouver, Washington, to remember Chief Red Heart. From 1877 until 1878, he was imprisoned for eight months without cause at the fort.

This year’s memorial will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Great Meadow on Fifth Street across from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 612 East Reserve Street. The memorial is a celebration with singing to honor the ancestors, a Riderless Horse Ceremony, Sacred Pipe Ceremony, and recognition of Veterans.

Refreshments at the ceremony are provided by Meals on Wheels.

After the memorial, The Bow and Arrow Culture Club is preparing and serving a traditional Native American Meal at the Artillery Barracks, 600 East Hatheway Road.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Learn more about Chief Red Heart and why he was imprisoned.

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