Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce

Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce : Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu

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This extraordinary new look at Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce represents a breakthrough in Lewis and Clark studies. Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce is the first richly detailed exploration of the relationship between Mr. Jefferson's Corps of Discovery and a single tribe.

James Ronda's groundbreaking Lewis and Clark Among the Indians (1984) reversed the lens for the first time, to look broadly at the Lewis and Clark expedition through the Native American point of view.

Nearly three decades later, Nez Perce historians Allen V. Pinkham and Steven Ross Evans have examined the journals of Lewis and Clark with painstaking care to tease out new insights from what Lewis and Clark wrote about their Nez Perce hosts. Pinkham and Evans evaluate both what Lewis and Clark understood and what they misunderstood in the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) lifeway and political structure. More particularly they have re-examined the journals for clues about how the Nez Perce reacted to the bearded strangers. They have also gathered together and put into print for the first time the stands of a surprisingly rich Nez Perce oral tradition.

Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce is a generous and careful re-evaluation of what we all thought we knew about Lewis and Clark west of the Bitterroot Mountains. It is also a template for a series of tribal histories of the Lewis and Clark expedition that will be inspired by this book. Incidents we thought we knew backward and forward suddenly take on a new light when the historical lens is reversed.
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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • English
  • New
  • 0983405980
  • 9780983405986

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"This is the way that history should be written; rich in prose, exquisitely researched, and based on Nez Perce ethnohistory that adds a wealth of information to the almost tireless records of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. American Indian voices, cultures, societies, and responses to Lewis and Clark have almost been overwhelmed by non-Native histories. Now they are not; Nez Perce history brings American history alive again. As the authors say, 'In movement, life was found, ' and in this case, 'In movement, history was found.'" -- J. Diane Pearson, Author The Nez Perces in the Indian Territory: Nimiipuu Survival
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