• 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

Nez Perce National Historical Park Virtual Museum

An object can tell a story. Whether its the simple contours of cornhusk bag or the rich and intricate lines of glass beads on a hide dress, these items help tell the story of the Nez Perce. Over 200 items from the museum collection were photographed and provide a glimpse into the rich culture and history of the Nez Perce. To access the museum, just push this link and it will take you right there. Enjoy!

Did You Know?

Original art work by Roy Anderson depicting Lewis and Clark meeting the Nez Perce for the first time.

In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.