LEWISTON – The Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest extended their sincerest thanks to everyone who joined them at wispin’íitpe on Saturday, June 25 for their Traditional Place Name and Camas in Bloom ceremony.
“It was a beautiful day of celebration and acknowledgment of the relationship between the Nimiipuu people and so many places on the now-called Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests,” they said in a Facebook post.
By recognizing and utilizing the original Nimiipuu place names for locations across the forest, the U.S Forest Service honors the Tribe’s relationship with these lands – their ancestral homelands – and the culture and wisdom that they generously share with all who experience these places today.
“Our profound gratitude to Stacia Morfin / Nez Perce Tourism and EVERYONE who worked so hard to bring the Place Name Initiative and our commemorative celebration to life. This could not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration of so many,” they added in their post.
To learn more about the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and Nez Perce Tribes’ Place Name Initiative, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/…/nezperceclear…/news-events/…. Place names have been identified for many more locations across the forest, so stay tuned for future unveilings! #NPClwNF#WorkingTogether
(USDA Forest Service photos by Jennifer Becar)