Our Salish neighbors are excited to return to Hamilton for the 41st Annual Bitter Root Day at the Ravalli County Museum on Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 1 p.m. located at 205 Bedford Street. Bitter Root Day is a festival centered on the Valley’s Salish Heritage and our state flower, the Bitter Root. The Salish revere the flower as a gift from the Creator and its appearance in spring is honored through celebration and feasts. The Bitter Root Valley is the homeland of the Salish Tribe who currently reside on the Flathead Reservation.
This Annual Bitter Root Day Festival includes authentic Salish drumming, dancing, singing, a cultural heritage talk and join in putting up a Tipi. Over 100 vendors have registered for the day, with fresh produce from local and out of area vendors, arts, crafts and food concessions. Free family activities include stringing together a friendship bracelet with our Salish and Museum educators. SpectrUM will join us with educational activities for children of all ages.
We are proud to acknowledge our sponsors, Humanities Montana, Big League Builders, Trail West Bank, the Montana Arts Council, and the Jane S. Heman Foundation. Private donors and volunteers help make this day possible. If you would like to lend a hand and meet new friends on Bitter Root Day, give Nancy Bevins, Assistant Director a call at 363-3338.
The Ravalli County Museum has a three tiered focus of art, local history and natural history. We provide a cultural venue to enrich the experiences of our community through programming and educational opportunities for people of all ages. For more information, visit our website at www.ravallimuseum.org.