At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. For the nimí·pu· (Nez Perce), these stories taught children about the landforms that surround them everyday and help them learn their language, history, and culture. Ant and Yellowjacket is one such place.
Ant and Yellowjacket Legend
The ants and the yellowjackets were friendly and shared resources, but had occasional arguments. One day, the leader of the yellowjackets was sitting on a rock eating a salmon when the leader of the ants walked by. The Ant became jealous and said that he wanted the rock and that the Yellowjacket should have asked for permission before sitting there. They then started fighting very loudly, which attracted the attention of Coyote (known as Iceye'ye to the nimí·pu·).
Last updated: February 23, 2018