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Nez Perce
Expedition Culture Geography People Maps Nature
  Self Determination and Sovereignty
Sovereignty: Underlying Legal Principles
Fisheries Resources Management
Natural Resources Management
Cultural Resource Program
Contemporary Artists: Continuities
Contemporary Artists: Fusions
Language Program and Some Lessons
Horse Program
Acknowledgements and Cultural Property
Cultural Property Rights Agreement

  Native American
  Oral Traditions along the Clearwater and Snake Rivers
Coyote and the Swallowing Monster
Territory of the Nimíipuu
Seasonal Round: Winter into Summer
Seasonal Round: Summer into Winter
Horse in Nimíipuu Culture
Growing Up Nimíipuu: Family and Community Life
Growing Up Nimíipuu: Headmen and Leadership
To Sing and Dance: In the Past
To Sing and Dance: In the Present
Spiritual Life
Traditional Clothing Styles and Appearance
Céexstem: Dice Game

  Smallpox and Disease
Missionaries and Christianity
Fur Trade
Treaties and the Dawes Act
Treaty of 1855
Treaty of 1863
Conflict of 1877

Acknowledgements. The entire Nez Perce module was conceived and developed by the "Nimíipuu - Lewis and Clark Rediscovery Project Committee." The committee members include Vera Sonneck (co-facilitator), Allen Pinkham, Josiah Pinkham, Ann McCormack, Nakia Williamson, Edith Powaukee, Sharon Stevens, Harold Crook and Rodney Frey (co-facilitator). Special thanks to Nakia Williamson for writing the biographies and to Edith "Wook" Powaukee for constructing the maps in this module. We also thank Dan Kane and Jason Goldammer of Lewis-Clark State College, Sally Thompson of the University of Montana, and Kenneth Furrow of Furrow Productions for additional video footage. Rodney Frey was responsible for editing video clips, writing initial drafts for many of the web pages, and for the construction of those pages, while Aaron Denham assisted with research and Heather Johnston transcribed the interviews and proof read the module's texts. Thanks goes to Mary Lynn Walker for helping develop several of the educational activities that accompany this module. We also thank the Nez Perce National Historical Park and Robert Applegate for opening their archives to us.

But is was the elders and the other interviewees who we are most indebted to and owe our heartfelt thanks. It was their invaluable insights and knowledge that made this project possible. Their guidance and assistance brought "life" to this module.

Cultural Property. Before this module was released for public use, it was thoroughly reviewed for its accuracy and appropriateness by the Nimíipuu elders and by the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. The Circle of Elders (on March 13, 2002), the Nez Perce Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee (on March 14), the Natural Resources Sub-Committee of NPTEC (on March 19), and NPTEC (on March 26) reviewed and approved this module for public educational use. In addition, transcripts of all interviews presented in this module were reviewed and approved by each interviewee. All information in this module, including interviews, maps, texts, and photographs, are the cultural property of the Nez Perce Tribe. See Cultural Property Rights Agreement.

We welcome any comments or suggestions you might have on the Nez Perce module. Please forward your comments by e-mail or postal mail to:

Vera Sonneck at::

Vera Sonneck
Cultural Resource Office
P.O. Box 365
Nez Perce Tribe
Lapwai, Idaho 83540

Rodney Frey at:

Rodney Frey
American Indian Studies Program
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

This project was funded by a congressional grant administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA Contract Number: NAG5-10210). The University of Idaho (UI) served as the lead institution for the Lifelong Learning Online (L3) Project, in collaboration with the Nez Perce Tribe.

© Nez Perce Tribe 2002