History & Culture
NPS Photo. NEPE-HI-1204
"We did not travel here; we are of this land. We did not declare our independence; we have always been free."
Take some time and explore the park's history and collections, You can either inquire into the stories of the places that we protect and preserve or take a closer look at our collections and research center or both! Just follow the links to your left.
Did You Know?
For centuries the Nez Perce used Tolo Lake or Tepalewam as a gathering place. In June, 1877 the Wallowa Nez Perce paused here before their final move to the Reservation. Brooding over past injustices, warriors raided homes on the Salmon River, precipitating events that would trigger the 1877 War.