Kate and Sue McBeth, Missionary Teachers to the Nez Perce
Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., noted Native American author, former editor of American Heritage and the author of The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest (which is now in its 3rd edition), is perhaps the foremost non-native historian of the Nez Perce. Substantial portions of a history written for Nez Perce Country, a National Park Service handbook, have been transcribed here to provide both a background and a supplement to the story of the McBeth sisters. Mr. Josephy's manuscripts, letters, papers, and memorabilia have been donated to the University of Oregon's Special Collections and University Archives Library, and are a valuable resource for those interested in scholarly research on Native American peoples.
|Selections from: Josephy, Alvin M, Jr. "People of the Plateau," pp. 14-181. In U.S. National Park Service. Nez Perce Country: A Handbook for Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1983. (National Park Handbook 121). (I29.9/5:121)|
|Before the White Man
The Horse and the 18th Century
Lewis and Clark
Fur Trade Era
The Spaldings and the Nez Perce, 1836-42
War Comes to the Non-Treaties
"These three items are among the many in the Nez Perce National Historical Park Museum. The basket hat was typically worn by women. It was woven from cornhusks or other locally available fibers. The antler cap was worn by a shaman, or medicine man, on ceremonial occasions, or while stalking game. The elaborate beadwork on the gloves shows clearly the Nez Perce love for color. These pieces are just a sampling of what awaits you in the museum."
Nez Perce Country pp. 192