FHBC sergeant at arms Lee Juan Tyler at Virginia City Treaty Day
By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — Virginia City Treaty Day Gathering was July 13 and 14, honoring the mixed-bands of Shoshone, Bannock and Sheepeater people.
Bobette Haskett, Manager of the Original Territories Historical Research Office, under the Language and Culture Department, said the Tribes returned to Virginia City, Mont. to commemorate the 150 Anniversary of the unratified Virginia City Treaty.
Haskett said as native people we still come back to our homelands to remember our people that lived here. “They occupied this territory where they hunted and gathered, living off the land.”
The Gathering started off with a welcome dinner at Pace Park that was sponsored by the Montana History Foundation along with Jack and Janet Creighton July 13 at 7 p.m.
On July 14, at Tendoy Park there was a sunrise ceremony where Shoshone-Bannock tribal members gathered to greet the morning sun and spoke how great it was to be in the area where the mixed bands of Shoshone and Bannock people as well as the Sheepeater people who inhabited the area.
Following the sunrise ceremony there was a breakfast at 8 a.m. then cultural presentations were at the Virginia City Community building.
NAKA Productions showed a sneak preview film “In Good Faith.” Haskett said it was good to see them here; she would like to thank them for recording the history of our people. She also hosted an elder panel discussion on cultural use areas and gatherings were the elders shared a little bit of their family history.
Social dancing at the City Park was afterward where the dancers shared their talents with the community of Virginia City and guests. Lionel Boyer served as Master of Ceremonies. There was also a feast where the cooks made Indian tacos that were sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Culture Committee.
Haskett would like to thank the cooks for coming out and also thank the Virginia City planning committee. She is grateful for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for supporting cultural events, “They do a lot of good for our people and to let the people of Virginia City know that we are still here.”