Nez Perce, also spelled Nez Percé or called Nimipuutímt (alternatively spelled Nimiipuutímt, Niimiipuutímt, or Niimi’ipuutímt), is a Sahaptian language related to the several dialects of Sahaptin (note the spellings -ian vs. -in).
The Nez Perce tribe spoke in a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language. They call themselves ‘Nimiipu’, which means “the people”.
Nez Perce is a member of the Sahaptian branch of the Plateau Penutian language family. It is spoken on the Nez Perce in Reservation central Idaho, on the Colville Reservation in Washington, and on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.
Qe’ci’yew’yew’ = Thank You in the
Nez Percé is an exonym given by French Canadian fur traders who visited the area regularly in the late 18th century, meaning literally “pierced nose”. English-speaking traders and settlers adopted the name in turn.
On October 5, 1877, his speech, as he surrendered to General Howard, immortalized him in American history forever: “I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed.
Nez Percé, self-name Nimi’ipuu, North American Indian people whose traditional territory centred on the lower Snake River and such tributaries as the Salmon and Clearwater rivers in what is now northeastern Oregon, southeastern Washington, and central Idaho, U.S. They were the largest, most powerful, and best-known of
Nee-Me-Poo is the traditionally accepted name of the Nez Perce Tribe which means ” The People.”
The Nimiipuu people have always resided and subsisted on lands that included the present-day Nez Perce Reservation in north-central Idaho. Today, the Nez Perce Tribe is a federally recognized tribal nation with more than 3,500 citizens.
The Nez Percé language, or Niimi’ipuutímt, is a Sahaptian language related to the several dialects of Sahaptin. Nez Perce comes from the French phrase nez percé, “pierced nose”; however, Nez Perce, who call themselves Nimipu, meaning “the people”, did not pierce their noses.
Roots, such as kouse, camas, bitterroot, and wild carrot, were an important food source. These root foods were boiled and baked and some dried and stored for the winter. Berries, including huckleberries, raspberries, choke cherries, wild cherries, and nuts, tubers, stalks, and seeds rounded out the diet.
Nez Perce Tourism is the warm welcome to Nimiipuu Country, offering the only tours created to connect you to Nimiipuu culture through interactive storytelling, song, drum, and dance. From riverbeds to mountain tops, Nez Perce Tourism offers land and water journeys.
: by, of, or in itself or oneself or themselves: as such: intrinsically. per se.
Chief Joseph (1840-1904) was a leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe, who became famous in 1877 for leading his people on an epic flight across the Rocky Mountains. It was Joseph who finally surrendered the decimated band to federal troops near the Canadian border in Montana.