Food Men and boys hunted : deer, elk, mountain sheep, rabbits, bears, wolves, and salmon from the river in the spring. Women and girls picked : wild onions, carrots, lily bulbs, and lots of berries .
Clothing The Nez Perce usually made their clothing out of deerskin. The women usually made their clothing out of mountain sheep skin. $19500 dress Nez Perce man in decorated vest, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1900-1910. Nez Perce man in decorated vest, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1900-1910. Nez Perce man in decorated vest, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1900-1910. Nez Perce man in decorated vest, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1900-1910.
Location The Nez Perce reservation is located in Idaho. The Nez Perce Homeland is located mostly in Idaho and a little bit is located in Oregon .
Tools The men and boys used bow and arrows, spears, rifles, rifle covers, nets, axes, pipe, transportation gear, horses, and rope to get through every day life.
Chief Joeseph Chief Joseph was a famous Nez Perce Leader. Chief Joseph once said "We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft clods of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now...but it will grow again....like the trees. May serenity circle on silent wings and catch the whisper of the winds."
Chief Joseph (cont.) Chief Joseph had many sayings like: “ I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed… It is cold, we have no blankets. The little children are freezing… Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad…From where the sun now stands , I will fight no more.” AND “ If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They’re all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
Fun Facts The Nez Perce believed in Guardian Spirits. There is a ceremony named Waiyatsit. It is where Nez Perce’s who have seen their guardian spirit - while fasting- will sing and dance to tell about their guardian spirit. The Nez Perce tribe population is currently 3326. They made necklaces from bear claws. Girls practiced building play teepees because women were responsible for constructing the teepees for the family. The Nez Perce kept horses called Appaloosas.
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