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Nez Perce National Historical Park Lapwei

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Nez Perce National Historical Park
PO Box 1000
Lapwei
ID
83540
Tel: (208) 843-7001

Directions

The Spalding Visitor Center is 11 miles east of Lewison of U.S. Hwy 95. Big Hole National Battlefield is located ten miles west of Wisdom, Montana on state highway 43. Bear Paw Battlefield is located sixteen miles south of Chinook, Montana on Route 240.

Where are we going today?

Since time immemorial, the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce have lived among the rivers, canyons and prairies of the inland northwest. Despite the cataclysmic change of the past two centuries, the Nez Perce are still here. Join us in exploring the parks thirty-eight sites and experiencing the story of a people who are still part of this landscape.
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When can we go?

In the winter months from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

What people are saying?

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    A truly moving experience, both intellectually and emotionally. The history and culture of the Nez Perce are both fascinating. One of the most interesting things in the museum was labeled a "calendar" but the park person explained it as a "life or time line." It was a small ball of string with objects tied on at differing lengths. The objects were to "remind" the owner of significant events in their life or the life of the tribe. The string was unrolled to facilitate remembering an order of events. A fascinating way to keep an oral history...Read More

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    I enjoy visiting Spalding, watching the video about the Nez Perce people, and learning more about the history, the collection of artifacts, and the people who are indigenous to this area. The visitor's center carries a collection of books, music, blankets, and a dictionary of the Nez Perce Language. There is also access to the Parks' archives but be sure to call ahead to make an appointment. Lots of culture and history relating to the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce People). Fun for the whole family!

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    lions are poor here.
    No deer just a big beer.
    When I visited here hippopotamous was eating a person..
    I got scared & run away from this national park

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A truly moving experience, both intellectually and emotionally. The history and culture of the Nez Perce are both fascinating. One of the most interesting things in the museum was labeled a "calendar" but the park person explained it as a "life or time line." It was a small ball of string with objects tied on at differing lengths. The objects were to "remind" the owner of significant events in their life or the life of the tribe. The string was unrolled to facilitate remembering an order of events. A fascinating way to keep an oral history not mentioned in Park materials. I felt fortunate to have been instructed by a female Park employee who belonged to the Tribe. Well worth a long drive.

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