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EVENTS, EXPERIENCES, EXHIBITS, ETC. PAT HENDERSON Commemorating the Nez Perce COMMONS/ROGER Big Hole National Battlefield remembers the events of Aug. 9, 1877, when members of the Nez Perce tribe awoke to gunfire from U.S. Colonel John Gibbon’s troops. By the time the smoke cleared the next day, 90 Nez Perce members were dead, along with more than 30 soldiers and volunteers. A majority of group programs at the 655-acre site, which is located 60 miles southwest of Butte near Wisdom, Montana, start at the visitor center. Displays in the museum and an introductory movie provide an overview of the events that took place in 1877. Many guided activities are offered during the sum- mer months, including the popular battlefield hike. This ranger-led walk covers one to two miles and includes narration on the battle, the landscape and the tribe. Two other options are the 30-minute deck talks and the summer speaker series. Groups also can time a visit to coincide with the Annual Commemoration of the Battle of the Big Hole, which this year will be held Aug. 11. This event honors both those who lost their lives and those who survived, and is a traditional day of remembrance for the Nez Perce people. It begins with a tribute service and includes a pipe ceremony, presentations, a drum circle and a performance by the Nez Perce Nation Drum band. Each year in late May the battlefield also is the site of Coyote Camp, an educational program geared for school groups. As part of the camp, students rotate through activity stations and see cultural demonstrations. For more information, call +1.406.689.3155 or visit nps.gov/biho. A very alive poets society This October, North America’s largest poetry event will return to Newark, New Jersey. The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, which brings together a who’s who of poets and spoken- word artists, as well as enthusiasts from around the world, is scheduled for Oct. 18–21. Throughout the four days of this biennial festival, readings, discussions and conversations with over 50 internationally and nationally renowned writers will take place at a variety of venues in Newark’s Downtown Arts District. The signature Evening Main Stage Readings bring some of today’s most cel- ebrated poets to the stage at Prudential Hall. There are a number of additional events, such as Poets on Poetry, Poetry Samplers and the Conversations series, which allow the general public to interact with and hear from the distinguished writers. Poets on Poetry includes a panel of writers who discuss poems and poets that have impacted their lives and work. As part of Poetry Samplers, more than 20 artists give brief readings of the works of other festival artists to introduce them to a broader audience. The multi-faceted Conversations sessions give the public a chance to talk with featured artists about how topical issues are represented in poetry. There are presentations including two to four writers, who share about their lives and their art, and additional panel discussions with festival storytellers that have covered topics ranging from “Poetry and Jazz” to “The Dignity of the Ordinary.” To learn more, contact +1.973.735.2135 (ext. 104) or go to dodgepoetry.org/festival-events/2018-festival. NTAonline.com 15