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By Vanessa Ann Gunther

This biography bargains a chronological presentation of the key occasions in Nez Perce historical past and within the lifetime of certainly one of their maximum leaders, Joseph.

• comprises photographs of Joseph, his brother, and different people who have been trendy in his existence and within the background of the Nez Perce

• offers a chronology of the foremost occasions in Nez Perce historical past and within the lifetime of leader Joseph

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Those few individuals who were brave or lucky enough to kill a grizzly bear were revered by their people and allowed to wear a necklace of bear claws as a reminder of their prowess. The Great Buffalo Hunts At times hunters left the protected valleys of their homelands and traveled as far as the Great Plains to hunt buffalo. Because of the inherent danger in hunting the buffalo, the Nez Perce often joined with their traditional allies the Cayuse or the Flathead to pursue the buffalo. At times the number of warriors on these hunts could number as high as 1,000.

Nez Perce Conflict and Accommodation among the Fur Traders Unwilling to hunt merely to take the pelt of an animal, the Nez Perce instead established themselves as horse traders. Since the introduction of horses into the region in the early 18th century, the Nez Perce had proved themselves to be extraordinarily adept horsemen and breeders. The horses they bred were well known for their stamina and strength, something of which the trappers were in desperate need. However, the Nez Perce were also traders and understood that the value of a commodity increased along with its demand.

30 CHIEF JOSEPH him for assistance with a variety of complaints. Using the rudimentary medicines he had brought along, Clark was able to relieve most of the suffering of those who sought his care. Along with the medical services Clark provided, the men of the Corps also exchanged cultural information about themselves and the society from which they came. The “Book of Heaven” Because the Nez Perce are a spiritual people, one aspect of their guests that interested them was their religious beliefs.

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