Near Weippe in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
First Contact Between Two Cultures
After Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery emerged half starved, from the Bitterroot Mountains, the first people they saw were three Nez Perce boys here on the prairie. The children were terrified; they had never seen white men. In the nearby village the Nez Perce fed the expedition, guided them to the Clearwater River, and provided some assistance while they built canoes for the journey to the Pacific.
The encounter was significant to both groups. From Lewis and Clark's journals, the world would learn that the Nez Perce were a friendly, resourceful people. For the Nez Perce, this was their first experience of a culture that would soon arrive in waves.
Erected by Nez Perce National Historical Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 21.004′ N, 115° 55.476′ W. Marker is near Weippe, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker is on Camas Road near Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weippe ID 83553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Corps of Discovery (here, next to this marker); Weippe Prairie (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 2 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Weippe Prairie (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Handsome Small Prairie" (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fraser Park (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fraser (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weippe.
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.