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Near Kamiah in Lewis County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Trails at Heart of the Monster

 
 
Trails at Heart of the Monster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
1. Trails at Heart of the Monster Marker
Inscription.  
A short walk leads to ilcwe-wcixnim timine the Heart of the Monster, the Place of Beginning for the nimi-pu, the Nez Perce people. Like other sites in the valley that are significant to the Nez Perce, the Heart is a distinctive feature of the terrain.

The nearby interpretive shelter contains exhibits that explain the Heart of the Monster story. A half-mile nature trail loops along the river – a chance to see wildlife that frequent the area.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the The Nez Perce Trail series list.
 
Location. 46° 12.633′ N, 116° 0.357′ W. Marker is near Kamiah, Idaho, in Lewis County. Marker is on U.S. 12, 0.3 miles north of Corbett Lane, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located at the Heart of the Monster site parking lot, within the Nez Perce National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kamiah ID 83536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nez Perce National Historical Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Camp (approx. 0.8 miles away); Asa Smith Mission (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lewis and Clark Route (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kooskia Crossing Kiosk (approx. 4˝ miles away); History of a Frontier Community (approx. 5.1 miles away); Looking Glass (approx. 5.7 miles away); Camas Prairie (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kamiah.
 
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1. Heart of the Monster.
For the Nez Perce, the story of their people begins at the ‘Heart of the Monster.” As the story goes… A monster was eating all of the animals. Coyote fooled the monster into swallowing him. Using a set of stone knives that he had brought with him, Coyote cut apart the monster from the inside to release all of the animals that were trapped in the monster. Upon emerging from the remains of the monster, Coyote cut it up and threw the pieces all over the land, creating the Indian people who inhabit the land. Fox asked Coyote about the land around the monster, it had no people, what was he to do? As Coyote washed the blood of the monster off his hands, the drops became the Nez Perce. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Heart of the Monster.
This Nez Perce National Historical Park site commemorates the creation of the
Trails at Heart of the Monster Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
2. Trails at Heart of the Monster Marker (wide view)
Nimiipuu people. This site was a major prehistoric and historic Nez Perce crossing point of the Clearwater River. The non treaty Nez Perce forded the Clearwater River at this location during the 1877 war. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Heart of the Monster Trailhead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
3. Heart of the Monster Trailhead

Welcome to Heart of the Monster
Ancestral Birthplace of the Nez Perce Tribe

You are at East Kamiah, one of 38 sites of Nez Perce National Historical Park. This area is open daylight till dark. Follow the trails to learn how this place got it’s name. The trail to the left takes you to the audio station to hear the story. The trail to your right takes you to the shelter where the story is written in English and told in Nez Perce.
Heart of the Monster image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
4. Heart of the Monster
Heart of the Monster image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
5. Heart of the Monster
Nez Perce National Historical Park sign at site entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
6. Nez Perce National Historical Park sign at site entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5. submitted on August 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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