• 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

The Nez Perce and 1877 - Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

The National Park Service has commissioned special studies on particular aspects of 1877. These studies are available below in a digital format.

Forlorn Hope: A Study of the Battle of White Bird Canyon and the Beginning of the Nez Perce Indian War

Nez Perce Summer: The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

A Sharp Little Affair: The Archeology of the Big Hole Battlefield

The Nez Perce National Historic Trail has an extensive bibliography that is useful for finding resources related to 1877. The park also has several books on 1877 and its aftermath that can also be purchased through our bookstore.

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.