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Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce

Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu

Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans

$19.95

Two Nez Perce historians offer a detailed examination of the relationship between Corps of Discovery explorers and a single tribe, investigating what Lewis and Clark knew or misunderstood regarding the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu), searching for clues about the hosts’ reactions to the bearded strangers, and presenting rich Nez Perce oral tradition. Their careful re-evaluation reverses the historical lens to shed extraordinary new light on expedition events. Originally published by The Dakota Institute.

“From the tiniest details to the widest understanding of events, this book tells the familiar story with a freshness and authenticity that sets it apart from the scores of others before it.”― Dr. Elliott West, Professor, University of Arkansas

Illustrations / maps / notes /  bibliography / glossary / index / 324 pages (2021)

AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2022

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Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce is a generous and careful re-evaluation of Lewis and Clark west of the Bitterroot Mountains. An extraordinary new look at their extended visitapproximately four months of daily interchange with a community the white visitors regarded as especially friendly, hospitable, and helpful to their successthe book represents a breakthrough in Lewis and Clark studies. Many incidents suddenly take on a new light when the historical lens is reversed.

In 1984, James Ronda’s groundbreaking Lewis and Clark Among the Indians looked broadly at the Lewis and Clark expedition from the Native American perspective. Nearly three decades later, Nez Perce historians Allen V. Pinkham and Steven Ross Evans 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 scoured the journals for clues about how the Nez Perce reacted to the bearded strangers, gathering and putting into print for the first time the stands of a surprisingly rich Nez Perce oral tradition.

The first richly detailed exploration of the relationship between Mr. Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery and a single tribe, this volume also serves as a template for a Lewis and Clark expedition tribal history series.

Illustrations / maps / notes /  bibliography / glossary / index / 324 pages (2021)

ISBN 978-0-87422-417-7 Paperback (Original Dakota Institute ISBN 9780983405993)

AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2022

 

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“From the tiniest details to the widest understanding of events, this book tells the familiar story with a freshness and authenticity that sets it apart from the scores of others before it.”― Dr. Elliott West, Professor, University of Arkansas

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