• 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

Protect Our Shared Past

Cemeteries

Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce people, therefore, all visitors are expected to respect the cemeteries at Spalding, Idaho and Joseph, Oregon. Visitation is allowed, but you are asked by the Nez Perce not to stand on marked graves, take rubbings of headstones or touch memorial items left on graves. Eating, drinking, or any type of recreational activity within the cemeteries is considered inappropriate behavior.

Many of the battlefields are cemeteries for the men, women and children who died there and should be given the respect of a sacred burial ground.

Other park sites, such as the Heart of the Monster in Kamiah, Idaho are ancient places with special meanings and should also be accorded a degree of respect.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

Archeological sites, battlefield, and artifacts are protected by state and federal law. Anyone who injures, destroys or appropriates artifacts or objects of antiquity on park lands are subject to arrest and prosecution to the maximum extent of the law.

Please call (208) 843-7001 in Idaho and (406) 689-3155 in Montana to report incidents

 

Did You Know?

The great Nez Perce rodeo rider Jackson Sundown on his horse, circa 1920. NPS photo NEPE-HI-1922

Horses came into Nez Perce country about the 1730s and the Nez Perce became well known for their large herds of fine horses. The Nez Perce practiced selective breeding to obtain the traits of intelligence, endurance, and speed.