• 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

History & Culture

Viola Morris (left) and Ida Blackeagle (right) weaving bags at Watson's Store, shortly after Nez Perce NHP was founded.

Two Nez Perce women, Viola Morris (left) and Ida Blackeagle (right) weaving bags in the old Watson's Store, ca. 1968, shortly after the park was established.

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."

-Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee

The stories of the Nez Perce tell us that they have been part of this landscape since time immemorial; they have always been here. Nez Perce National Historical Park commemorates the contributions the Nez Perce have made and help protect and preserve sites, stories, and artifacts associated with their history and culture. Join us in learning the story of the Nez Perce and the role they played in shaping our collective past and their vision for the present and future.

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?

Camas field in bloom at Packer Meadows at Lolo Pass.

Camas, a relative of the lily family, has been gathered by the Nez Perce for generations. The bulbs are rich in protein and are still prepared and blessed according to traditional practices.