Historic St. Mary's
Mission & Museum
est. 1841

Historic Brand of St. Mary's Mission - Cross on a Hill
406-777-5734
stmary@cybernet1.com
P.O. Box 211
315 Charlo Street
Stevensville, MT 59870

The Salish (Selis)
The State of Montana had its early beginnings thanks to the persistance of the Salish who made four arduous trips to St. Louis to invite "Black Robes" to their encampments to teach them Christianity.
  1. Painting by Fr. Nicolas Point of the Salish tribe welcoming the Jesuit priests.
    Greeting the 'Black Robes'
  2. Salish tribal members in native costume participating in Founders Day re-enactment.
    Founders Day Re-enactment
  3. The Medicine Tree and a group of Salish tribal members
    The Medicine Tree
  4. Painting of Fr. De Smet conducting Mass for the Salish
    Fr. De Smet celebrating Mass for the Indians
  5. Mary Ann Combs the last of the children of the Bitterroot Salish - She passed away in 1978
    Mary Ann Combs
  6. Salish shown in traditional dress on horseback.
    Salish at the Flathead Reservation
  7. Salish tribal drumming group
    Drumming Group - "Snylemn"
  8. Photo of Fr. De Smet with Salish tribal members
    Salish Tribal Members and Fr. De Smet
  9. The final group of Salish leaving the Bitterroot Valley
    Removal of the Salish
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