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Event to commemorate the Bear River Massacre will be held at Idaho State Museum tonight

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Otto Kitsinger
Idaho State Museum in Julia Davis Park on March 20, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

The Idaho State Museum will hold an event to commemorate the anniversary of the Bear River Massacre with a presentation from the former chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Darren Parry, according to a press release.

The event is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Drive in Boise.

Parry, a descendant of massacre survivors, will share about the massacre that took place at the Shoshone winter village Boa Ogoi on Jan. 29, 1863. The Bear River Massacre, as it is known today, became the largest massacre of Native Americans in the West. Time permitting, audience members will have the opportunity to ask Parry questions.

“Parry’s grandmother, Mae Timbimboo, was the granddaughter of one of the survivors and served as the historian and record keeper of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone,” according to the Idaho State Historical Society’s website. “She ‘ran out of time,’ as Parry describes it, to publish her accounts of his people’s stories and perspectives. Following in his ancestors’ footsteps, Parry will share how this tragedy illuminates the resiliency, strength, and cultural endurance of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.”

The event is free, and donations are encouraged. A portion of the proceeds will support the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation’s fundraising efforts for the Boa Ogoi Cultural Interpretive Center, according to the release.

Registration for the event and donations can be made at

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