• Nez Perce National Historical Park. Front Page banner photograph is of Heart of the Monster, an ancient place where the Nez Perce creation story originates. The secondary page photograph is of Nez Perce beadwork.

    Nez Perce

    National Historical Park ID,MT,OR,WA

Curriculum Materials

Nez Perce National Historical Park Teacher's Guide

If you would like a version of the document that looks like the published version of the guide, we invite you to download a PDF Version (2.31 MB) of the document. A MSWord version of the teacher's guide is also available. It is less memory intensive and takes less time to download.

Is'aaptekay Lesson Plan

"Is'aaptekay" is the Nez Perce word for a flat folded rawhide container, similar to a suitcase. The is'aaptekay, often referred to as a parfleche bag, is well designed for easier travel on horseback and was used extensively to protect items for travel and storage in the home. Enclosed are a number of lessons and background material to build lessons around Nez Perce material culture. The lesson plan is available as a 3.27 MB Adobe pdf file.

Virtual Museum

The park has a virtual museum that showcases several hundred objects from the park's museum collection. The website, which features historic photographs, scans of historic documents and several lesson plans can be found by clicking here.

Did You Know?

The great Nez Perce rodeo rider Jackson Sundown on his horse, circa 1920. NPS photo NEPE-HI-1922

Horses came into Nez Perce country about the 1730s and the Nez Perce became well known for their large herds of fine horses. The Nez Perce practiced selective breeding to obtain the traits of intelligence, endurance, and speed.