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Weippe in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

First Contact Between Two Cultures

Lewis and Clark Route

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. First Contact Between Two Cultures Marker
Inscription. In late September of 1805, three young Nez Perce spied several men dressed in strange clothes and hats coming from the ridge to the southeast. The boys hid, but the men discovered two of them in the area behind this sign. The boys led these men to their village located on a small rise to the north, today occupied by the home across the road.
Because the warriors where away, these strangers were met cautiously. The strangers were obviously in poor condition and scarcely able to defend themselves.
William Clark's journal entry of September 20, 1805 read:
"...at a distance of 1 mile from the lodges I met three boys... they ran and hid themselves... (I) search and found 2 of the boys... gave them Small pieces of ribin & Sent them forward to the village... a man Came out to meet me, (with great caution)... & Conducted me to a larges Spacious Lodge which he told me (by Signs) was the Lodge of his great Chief... gave us a Small piece of Buffalow meat, some dried Salmon berries & roots... which they call Pas she co (quamash)

For the Nez Perce this meeting meant the beginning of change for their way of life -- For the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition it meant survival.
This large sign stood for over 40 years at the Weippe Prairie site located 3 miles south of here. The National
First Contact Between Two Cultures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
2. First Contact Between Two Cultures Marker
Park Service relocated it here to remind visitors of the significance of the meeting of Lewis and Clark with the Nez Perce Indians. Be sure to visit the historic Weippe Prairie Meeting site.

 
Erected by Clearwater National Forest, Nez Perce National Historical Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 46° 22.53′ N, 115° 56.532′ W. Marker is in Weippe, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker is at the intersection of Woods Street and West Pierce Street (State Highway 11), on the right when traveling east on Woods Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Woods Street, Weippe ID 83553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weippe Prairie (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Handsome Small Prairie" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Corps of Discovery (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Weippe Prairie (approx. 2 miles away); Fraser Park (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fraser (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weippe.
 
More about this marker. This marker is next to the public library.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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