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Traditional Nez Pece Homes

Ranger with school group in front of a tipi.
One of the most compelling activities the park offers is the chance to put up a traditional Nez Perce tipi. Here the kids are itching to get inside.

Nez Perce National Historical Park

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In this hands-on program each student has a job in the construction of a ten-foot Nez Perce tipi. They learn the importance of how and why tipis were constructed and used, the materials used to make traditional homes, how that changed over time, and how traditional homes are used today. Each student also has the experience of going inside the tipi. Students examine and discuss photographs of a traditional Nez Perce home, longhouse, tule mat tipi, buffalo hide tipi, and a contemporary Nez Perce family's home.

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American Indian History and Culture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Westward Expansion
National/State Standards:
Social Studies
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