Ancient Places

A river surrounded by rocky cliffs and the mountains in the background.
One of the ancient places is Buffalo Eddy, a petrogylph site near Asotin, Washington on the Snake River

Nez Perce National Historical Park.

The homelands of the nimí·pu· (Nez Perce) have seen continual human use for at least the last 11,000 years. Today, archaeologists study remnants of these ancient sites attempting to reconstruct and understand the traditions and livelihoods of the ancestors of the nimí·pu·. Archaeological evidence taken in conjunction with the oral histories of the nimí·pu·, allow for a more complete understanding of the Nez Perce past and provide the setting for the drastic changes to come in the 1800s.

Nez Perce National Historical Park helps preserve these some of the ancient places in the nimí·pu· homeland. You can experience a slice of the ancient past at Buffalo Eddy, Lenore, and Hasotino.

Last updated: February 11, 2018

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Nez Perce National Historical Park
39063 US Hwy 95

Lapwai, ID 83540-9715


(208) 843-7009

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