The Real People
region of the Nimi'ipuu People, who were called Nez Perce by fur trappers,
allowed them to live a much more secure life than the arid desert allowed
to the Bannock & Sosoni'.
Image: Idaho Museum
of Natural History
Nimi'ipuu founded their villages along the banks of the Clearwater,
Salmon, and Snake River drainages the resources available to them were
somewhat easier to gather and hunt.
region of Idaho has outstanding changes in elevation which allows a
diversity of animals and plants to thrive. The Nez Perce, like the Shoshoni
& Bannock, had to migrate seasonally to gather and hunt food, but
the relative plenitude of the resources encouraged these People to live
and associate within settled villages during much of the year. Local
villages usually had populations from 30 to 200 individuals, which permitted
the Nimi'ipuu People to develop into the largest population in Idaho
before settlement by land hungry pioneers.
Learn About The Nez Perce People