In 1877, a band of renegade warriors of the Nez Perce Nation massacred eighteen settlers in Idaho, precipitating another tragic war against the Native Americans. This is the story of the dramatic 1,200 mile "Great Escape" through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana when eight hundred Nez Perce men, women and children attempted to flee to Canada. it is also a textbook military maneuver, which enshrined Chief Joseph as a great Captain of American military history. We will study the events leading up to the Great Escape, maneuvers employed by the Nez Perce during the Great Escape, and the aftermath of the Great Escape Nez Perce Nation. We will use Children of Grace: The Nez Perce War of 1877 by Bruce Hampton (Bison Books, 2002) as reference reading material. There will also be handouts for additional reading. Study group member participation as a discussion leader will be highly encouraged.