• 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

Places

Confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers from Highway 95 overlook. Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington are on the left and right shores of the Snake River.

From the edge of the Palouse, at an overlook on Highway 95, you can see the wide expanse of the Nez Perce homeland. The towns in the distance are Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington.

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The Nez Perce have a special relationship with the lands they call home. Nez Perce National Historical Park, along with its Tribal partners, work to preserve these special and sacred places and honor the stories that are associated with them.

Clicking on the links above will take you to pages devoted to the various themes and sites related to Nez Perce National Historical Park. To view a comprehensive list of the park's 38 sites, please click here.

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.