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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

At least 800 members of the Coeur d’Alene, Flathead, Spokane and Colville tribes were gathered at the old Coeur d’Alene Mission for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The gathering was a huge social, as well as religious, event. It also included games, tests of horseman’s skills and nighttime dancing around the tepees.

Yet it all began with a solemn religious procession, which wound through an avenue of small pines to an outdoor altar, where a sermon “in the native tongue was delivered.”

More pageantry was planned in the days to come, when the Catholic bishop of Idaho was expected to arrive.

“Mounted on their fleet ponies and bearing firearms, the Indians will meet the bishop and give him safe escort over unconsecrated ground to the precincts of the Coeur d’Alene Mission. With war-whoops and hurrahs, revolvers cracking and ponies bending low in a bedlam of noise and confusion, fully 500 stalwart braves will join in the work of expelling the devil and safeguarding the person of the bishop.”

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