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December / January 2015

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L ong ago, say the Nez Perce, an enormous monster ravaged the area around Kamiah, Idaho, gobbling up Coyote's animal friends. So Coyote gathered up pitch pine and fl int, crawled into the monster's mouth and kindled a fi re. e animals that were eaten by the monster broke free under cover of the smoke through the monster's orifi ces. A erward, Coyote and the es- caped animals cut up the monster's body and fl ung the bits far and wide. Where the pieces landed, various In- dian tribes sprang into life. But Fox was unhappy and confronted Coyote, because Coyote had populated the rest of the land, but not this place. So Coyote washed his paws, and blood from the monster's heart fell on the ground at his feet. From this blood sprang the Nez Perce Indians. If you don't know about the monster's blood and the birthplace of the Nez Perce tribe, the mound of dirt just off Highway 12 in Kamiah looks like any other hill. During a road trip last summer, we stopped to visit the origin site, which is still called Heart of the Monster. I pushed a button on a post and was able to hear a record- ing of a tribal member telling the origin story. ~ By Teresa Bergen ~ Escape to the Nez Perce Wilderness Hiking, Hot Springs & Native American History Photo courtesy of: Nez Perce National Historic Park 28 wholelifetimes.com

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