Nez Perces

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Nez Perce

 (nĕz′ pûrs′, nĕs′) also Nez Per·cé (pər-sā′)
n. pl. Nez Perce or Nez Per·ces (pûr′sĭz) also Nez Percé or Nez Per·cés (-sāz′)
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the lower Snake River and its tributaries in western Idaho, northeast Oregon, and southeast Washington, with present-day populations in western Idaho and northeast Washington.
2. The Sahaptian language of the Nez Perce.

[French Nez-Percé : nez, nose + percé, past participle of percer, to pierce (on the model of Nez Perce cú·pn'itpel'u· : cú·pn'it, piercing + -pel'u·, people, from the nasal septum piercing practiced by the Nez Perce up to the early 1800s ).]
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Here, also, the savage tribes connected with the trade, the Nez Perces or Chopunnish Indians, and Flatheads, had pitched their lodges beside the streams, and with their squaws, awaited the distribution of goods and finery.
Unluckily, the trappers and their allies, in searching for the fort, had got scattered, so that Wyeth, and a number of Nez Perces, approached the fort on the northwest side, while others did the same on the opposite quarter.
This however, was abandoned; the Nez Perces being unwilling to destroy the robes and blankets, and other spoils of the enemy, which they felt sure would fall into their hands.
This speech was translated two or three times by Nez Perce and creole interpreters.
Here he found a village or encampment of forty huts or tents, covered with mats, and inhabited by Nez Perces, or Pierced-nose Indians, as they are called by the traders; but Chipunnish, as they are called by themselves.
Clarke laid up his barge and canoes in a sheltered place, on the banks of a small bay, overgrown with shrubs and willows, confiding them to the care of the Nez Perce chief, who, on being promised an ample compensation, engaged to have a guardian eye upon them; then mounting his steed, and putting himself at the head of his little caravan, he shook the dust off his feet as he turned his back upon this village of rogues and hard dealers.
This novel of the Nez Perces tells of one Seton who has been reared first in an Anglo township in Idaho, then on the reservation, and finally on the Salmon River with the Lamtama band.
The Nez Perces in the Indian territory; Nimiipuu survival.
During the era of large-dam construction in the American West, the Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission designated the lower Snake River watershed as Region Six--an area the Nez Perces have called home since time immemorial (figure 1).
The Nez Perces were settled on a reservation in Indian Territory in 1879; they were then described as a most intelligent, religious, and industrious people.
The Nez Perces in the Indian Territory: Nimiipuu Survival tells of the Nimiipuu captivity and deportation after an agreement with federal agents following the Nez Perce war of 1877.

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