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Ant & Yellowjacket and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
Ant & Yellowjacket and Marker
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — 264 — Ant & Yellowjacket
According to a Nez Perce Indian legend the stone arch up the hill was once two fighting insects. Ant and Yellowjacket had an argument and came to blows over who had the right to eat dried salmon here. Fighting fiercely, they failed to notice . . . — Map (db m121412) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Ant & Yellowjackettámsoy ka・?alatálo
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. . . . — Map (db m121414) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Bredell Family Cemetery
Here the resting place for three generations of Bredells overlooks the river terrace where they lived from 1861 to 1927. The cemetery’s location next to a parking lot may appear unusual, but the Bredell family was part of a thriving Nez Perce . . . — Map (db m121639) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Clearwater Riverkú・s kayxkáyx
For thousands of years the river scene at this village site hardly changed. The stream was full of fish, served as a trade route for neighboring tribes, and attracted wildlife to this green corridor. While the river fostered a life of bounty and . . . — Map (db m121715) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Coming of the Railroad
This small train stop linked the Nez Perce with the cities of Lewiston, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington. Running directly through the reservation, the rails also opened this area to a wave of farmers and loggers who made striking changes to Nez Perce . . . — Map (db m121736) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Craig Donation Claim
located Sept. 15, 1846 by William Craig mountain man and his Indian wife Isabel. First permanent white settler in Idaho, 1840, first Nez Perce Indian Agent, 1848; interpreter at Walla Walla Flathead and Blackfoot Councils, 1855 Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m121603) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Indian Agency Cabin
Built in 1862 this cabin was part of a thriving complex of agency buildings in this area of the Nez Perce reservation. The cabin was probably the residence of an agency employee. In period photographs, agency buildings stood in the midst of Nez . . . — Map (db m121708) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Indian Agent's Residence
The Indian Agent, representing the United States Government, lived here side by side with the Nez Perce. By law the agent and the government were responsible for upholding the terms of treaties. Duties included building schools, distributing food, . . . — Map (db m121735) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — 112 — Lapwai Mission
Henry Harmon Spalding established Idaho’s earliest mission near here, Nov. 29, 1836, at a site chosen by the Nez Perce Indians. Ever since they met Lewis and Clark in 1805-6, the Nez Perce had wanted to find out more about the white mans . . . — Map (db m121638) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Lapwai Mission Cemetery
Generations of Nez Perce people are buried here, as well as Henry and Eliza Spalding and other missionaries and agents. To the Nez Perce this is sacred ground -- part of their connection to a traditional homeland. This is still an active . . . — Map (db m121641) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Nez Perce Village Site?iye∙wéwi
The river terrace below had the ingredients for a thriving village site: fresh water, a river full of fish, and a stream corridor filled with wildlife. For thousands of years the Nez Perce lived a life of bounty here. Then within a 50-year span . . . — Map (db m121640) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding
In Memoriam Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding 1803 - 1874 and his wife Eliza Hart Spalding 1808 - 1851 Pioneers, Missionaries, Founders of Industry Education Religion and Christian Citizenship among the Nez . . . — Map (db m121645) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Site of the Lapwai Mission1836
The First Home, The First School and the First Church in Idaho. Established by Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding and Eliza Hart Spalding — Map (db m121643) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Spalding Home Site1836
and original fireplaces of Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding and Elisa Hart Spalding — Map (db m121712) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Spalding Mission
Yesterday reached this desirable spot, where we expect to dwell the remnant of our earthly pilgrimage. As yet our dwelling is an Indian lodge ... for there is no preparation for building yet. -- Diary of Eliza Hart Spalding Spalding . . . — Map (db m121710) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Spalding’s Gristmill Canals
Father had a small grist mill near the house -- a great improvement over their (the Nez Perce) mortars and pestles. --- Eliza Spalding Warren To power the gristmill that stood at this site, Henry Spalding directed some Nez Perce to dig . . . — Map (db m121719) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — 241 — Spalding’s Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
Inspired by Henry and Eliza Spalding’s missionary zeal, this church held its first service in 1876. A number of Nez Perce embraced Spalding’s religion. Soon there were Nez Perce ministers, hymns in the Nez Perce language, and Indian blankets and . . . — Map (db m121763) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — Watson's Store
Watson’s store was typical of country stores that served small communities on the Nez Perce reservation in the early 1900s. The inventory included groceries and hardware, yet Watson’s also had stocks of beads for decorative work and canvas for tipis . . . — Map (db m121738) HM
Idaho (Nez Perce County), Lapwai — 308 — William Craig
“A bluff jolly good fellow.” He joined the rocky mountain fur trade in 1829, married a Nez Perce in 1838, and settled with the Lapwai Band in 1840. In 1850 the Oregon Donation Land Act gave free farms to pioneers who had come to . . . — Map (db m121592) HM

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