• 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 Stories and the Power of Place

Ant and Yellowjacket

Ant and Yellowjacket, one of three park sites where the landscape intersects with the story of the Nez Perce people and culture.

NPS Photograph.

Our Land Defines The Nez Perce Way

Nez Perce Tribe

The Nez Perce homeland is filled with unique and special places that since the beginning of time have defined who they are. As you drive through the unique topography of Nez Perce country, keep in mind that many of the prominent landmarks you see more than likely have a story attached to them.

Nez Perce National Historical Park interprets three of these story sites: Ant and Yellowjacket, Coyote's Fishnet and the Heart of the Monster. Each of these sites involves Coyote, who makes an appearance in many Nez Perce stories in a variety of different forms. To learn more about the stories of these special places, you can print off versions of the stories here.

Ant and Yellowjacket and Coyote's Fishnet are on Hwy 95, very close to the park's visitor center in Spalding, Idaho. Heart of the Monster is located approximately 55 miles east of the visitor center on Hwy 12 just outside of the town of Kamiah.

Did You Know?

Drawing of mammoth skeleton

In 1994 the Idaho Fish and Game Department drained Tolo Lake, a site of Nez Perce National Historical Park, for a restoration project. In the lake bottom, six to eight Columbian mammoth skeletons were found. A replica skeleton is on display in Grangeville, Idaho