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Idaho Museum of Natural History to Host Screening of "The Massacre at Sand Creek and the Civil War”

January 22, 2024

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello is hosting a film screening of “The Massacre at Sand Creek and the Civil War” Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at Frazier Hall. 

The film "is a story told in bronze and concrete, in wind and earth, and in the wrinkles of an old cottonwood tree. A story few people know or connect with the Civil War. It is a story about a man, half white half Cheyenne, fighting as a Confederate soldier and a Cheyenne warrior. It is a story about a battle for freedom, and human rights." 

On November 29, 1864, in southeastern Colorado, tragedy struck when a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho camp was brutally attacked by the U.S. Army. Join us for a powerful movie experience that unveils the dark chapters of this devastating event, inviting reflection and understanding. Step into history at our museum and witness the haunting tale of the Sand Creek Massacre which parallels the Bear River Massacre of January 29, 1863. These events mark dark chapters in Native American history, revealing the harsh realities of 19th-century interactions with European settlers.

In our yearly series, “Honoring Indigenous Resilience” experience the emotional narrative that unfolds as we explore the shared struggles of different tribes in the American West. Gain a profound understanding of the complex dynamics that shaped this era. Don't miss this upcoming thought-provoking film, shedding light on crucial moments in our collective past.

Event Details: 

  • 6:15 pm: Introductory remarks by Dr. Charles "Andy" Speer
  • 6:30 pm: Screening of "The Massacre at Sand Creek and the Civil War"
  • 7:30 pm: Reception and Dessert in the lobby of Frazier Hall

The IMNH has served Idaho since 1934, to learn more about the IMNH visit isu.edu/imnh. 


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