National Geographic : 1977 Mar
Forgiveness in his heart, Joseph meets with John Gibbon in 1889, twelve years after the veteran Indian fighter's savage attack on sleeping families in Montana's Big Hole Basin. A decade earlier Joseph had been bitter: "The Nez Perce never make war on women and children... we would feel ashamed to do so." Writing of the controversial dawn raid -in which he reportedly ordered that no Indians be taken alive-Gibbon lauded the "gallant struggle" of the warriors, stalwart as the trio (right)who posed for this portrait in 1903. "Who would have believed," he wrote, "that those Indians would have rallied after such a surprise and made such a fight?"