St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Nimíipuu (Nez Perce)
[Traveling?] approximately 2,000 miles from present-day Idaho, four Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) came to St. Louis in the fall of 1831 to the home of William Clark. Feeling pressure from an encroaching white presence in their homeland, these men sought information on the white man's culture and a greater understanding of the "Book of Heaven." Knowledge was power - power to assure their families thrived and that their way of life continued. Black Eagle and Speaking Eagle fell ill and died while in St. Louis and now lie here. During their illness they were baptized by the Catholic Church. Rabbit-Skin-Leggings and No-Horns-On-His-Head died on their homeward journey. Where they lay is not known.
Black Eagle - Tipyeléhne Cimuuxcimux
Speaking Eagle - Tipyeléhne 'Iléesenin
(also called Man-of-the-Morning - Ka'áwpoo)
Rabbit-Skin-Leggings - Hey'úuxctohnin'
No-Horns-On-His-Head - Téewis Sisimnim'
We Nimíipuu honor these men who gave their lives for all of us. We respect the 15,000 people who share this site with them.
We Nimíipuu leave our ancestors in the bosom of this sacred earth. Their brave quest is honored and esteemed by our people and challenges
March 29, 2003
Erected 2003 by Nez Perce.
Location. 38° 42.339′ N, 90° 14.125′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Touch for map. Monument is in Section 5 in Calvary Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5239 West Florissant Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Saint Louis, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Rev. James J. Toomey (approx. 0.3 miles away); Father Thomas Ambrose Butler (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rev. Constantine P. Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rev. John C. Granville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rev. Ambrose J. Heim (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rev. A. [Aloys] V. Garthoeffner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Auguste Chouteau (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Also see . . .
1. Episode in Bringing Indians to the Book. (Submitted on December 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Nez Perce Tribal Website. (Submitted on December 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Peace •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.