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Clearwater River

Mural at Weippe

Our second day saw us exploring the Nez Perce National Historic Park and the Clearwater River. The Park is “A park about people, for all people”. Long before Lewis and Clark ventured west, before Christopher Columbus found the” new world”, the Nez Perce, who called themselves Nimiipuu, lived in the prairies and river valleys of what now comprises of north Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states. Within the park are 38 sites which commemorate the legends and the history of the Nez Perce and their interaction with others. We visited a number of the sites during the day the main one being the park visitor center where we not only looked at the displays on the history but had a long talk with one of the rangers about the lives of today’s Nez Perce Native Americans which was fascinating.

Our journey took us along the side of the Clearwater River with its high canyon hills. We then took a winding road up one of the hills coming out onto a high plains prairie to the town of Weippe. Here we explored the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center which had impressive murals and a garden display of plants of the prairie. Weippe is near the prairie where members of the Lewis and Clark expedition had their first meeting with the Nez Perce.

At this point the weather changed so we headed back to Clarkson.

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