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Near Lapwai in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ant & Yellowjacket

támsoy ka・?alatálo

 
 
Ant & Yellowjacket Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Ant & Yellowjacket Marker
Inscription. The basalt arch on the hillside across the road depicts támsoy ka・?alatálo, insects Ant and Yellowjacket, locked in combat. Many features in this river valley relate to nimi・pu・ (Nez Perce) traditional stories. Here the Ant and Yellowjacket arch marks a Nez Perce fishing site and provides moral guidance: it is not wise to fight over the use of resources.
To see the scenery from a Nez Perce perspective, view the features of the terrain as elements in a narrative - the oral tradition of a culture that has lived in this place for thousands of years. The land is part of their language; it is their story.

The Story of Ant and Yellowjacket

Coyote has unusual powers and appears in many Nez Perce legends. Here he tried to settle an argument between Ant and Yellowjackt, who were fighting over salmon. They paided no attention to Coyote, so he turned them into stone just as they arched their backs and locked jaws.
 
Erected by Nez Perce National Historical Park.
 
Location. 46° 26.74′ N, 116° 50.624′ W. Marker is near Lapwai, Idaho, in Nez Perce County. Marker is on U.S. 12 at milepost 11 near U.S. 95, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lapwai ID 83540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Ant & Yellowjacket and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
2. Ant & Yellowjacket and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ant & Yellowjacket (here, next to this marker); Bredell Family Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Nez Perce Village Site (approx. one mile away); Indian Agent's Residence (approx. 1.2 miles away); Coming of the Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Watson's Store (approx. 1.3 miles away); Spalding’s Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Spalding's Mission (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lapwai.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a turnout just east of the U.S. Highways 12 and 95 interchange.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative AmericansNatural Features
 
Ant & Yellowjacket image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
3. Ant & Yellowjacket
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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