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- Revelations 15:4

Nez Perce of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 3,500

ROP3 Code: 107222
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Nez Perce - (nez)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Lewiston, ID - 3,500

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Brief Profile

The Nez Perce people, self named Niimíipuu (The People), are a Native American peoples who reside on the Nez Perce Reservation, headquartered in Lupwai, Idaho.

They were the largest, most powerful, and best-known of the Sahaptin-speaking peoples and were called by various names by other groups. The French name, Nez Percé (“Pierced Nose”), referred to the wearing of nose pendants, though the fashion does not seem to have been widespread among them. Historically, they were nomadic, traveling with the seasons from buffalo hunting in the Great Plains to salmon fishing.

Weyíiletpuu is the dialect of the Nez Perce language. The distinctive dialect has not been used since the 1940’s and is designated as extinct. However, the Nez Perce do speak Nez Perce.

The Nez Perce, Umatilla ( Columbia River Sahaptin), and Walla Walla (Northeast Sahaptin) were confederated under the Treaty of 1855, yet each one maintains a distinct heritage and unique identity.

They have a lot in common with the Tenino, Columbia River Sahaptin, Northeast Sahaptin, and the Yakima in that they all shared cultural traditions centered around salmon.

Today, the river and its salmon continue are a crucial focal point for cultural traditions and the entire region. Salmon feasts and ceremonies have taken place next to the Columbia River for thousands of years. To call salmon a staple of the tribal diet would be an understatement. Historically, the typical tribal member ate almost a pound of salmon every day, but salmon represented much more than a source of nutrition. It also shaped their society and religion.

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Prayer Points

  • Pray that Nez Perce Christians will exemplify the grace of Christ and uphold a holy lifestyle.
  • Pray that Nex Perce Christians will cross-cultures to share the message of Christ with unreached Native American peoples and beyond.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLapwaiLewistonID3,500