Chief Joseph, Yellow Wolf and the Creation of Nez Perce by Robert Ross McCoy

By Robert Ross McCoy

This paintings specializes in how whites used Nez Perce historical past, photographs, actions and personalities within the construction of background, constructing a neighborhood identification right into a nationwide framework.

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While many Anglo Americans earlier in this century recognized the problem of reconstructing Nez Perce culture, they normally solved this problem by relying on the myth of Anglo-American cultural superiority and the inevitable demise of Native Americans in general and 5 the Nez Perce in particular. The use of Nez Perce history and the power to manipulate it fell into the hands of Euro- Americans as spoils of war through the use of military force and relegation of Nez Perce people to the reservation.

Slickpoo noted that, as soon as a death occurred, the village crier or herald announced the death to the entire village. The female relatives of the deceased immediately began a grieving wail, and other relatives and friends joined in mourning as news reached them. Relatives and friends cleansed the body through a ritual bath, dressed the deceased in fine clothing and favorite adornments, combed the hair and painted the face 68 red. Family and friends prepared graves within sight of the village.

They wintered in the canyon bottoms and low country on the periphery of the Plateau where it was warmer and less snow fell. During the spring, summer and fall, the Nez Perce and other Plateau communities moved throughout the Plateau region and the bordering highlands hunting and gathering food supplies for their survival. 19 20 Chief Joseph, Yellow Wolf, and the Creation of Nez Perce History Meinig saw the Columbia Plateau before the arrival of Europeans and Anglo Americans as an “empty” zone that was not truly empty.

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