Nez Perce

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribe:
"Constructed out of an entire deer head, completely skinned and cured and decorated with glass beads. This item is somewhat enigmatic, but typically items constructed out of an entire skin of an animal or in the shape of an animal, is related to an individuals weey'ekin of 'guardian spirit.' The specific intent or meaning would be only known and revealed to the individual who has obtained this connection with the spirit, who bestowed its gifts upon the supplicant."


  • Title: Bag (ˀıméesnım ˀıtétp̉es)
  • Contributor: Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Original Source: Nez Perce Tribe Wetxuuwíitin Collection
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: NEPE 8754
  • Medium: Hide, sinew, glass beads, Hide, sinew, glass beads
  • Measurements: L 39, C 46 cm
  • Date: ca. 1836 – 1874

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