An NPR member station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Mythweaver: Nez Perce Return to the Wallowa

Rich Wandschneider recounts the history of the Nez Perce and their Wallowa Homeland

The Nez Perce people are returning to the Wallowa. Who are they? Why and how did they leave? And what does their return look like?

On this segment from the Idaho Mythweaver's podcast series called "Voices of the Wild Earth," Rich Wandschneider answers those questions by delving into the history of the Nez Perce and distilling that rich background into a single half hour.

Wandschneider has lived in the Wallowas for 50 years and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the non-Native world about the Nez Perce. He was the protege of Alvin Josephy, one of the most heralded authors and historians of the Nez Perce, and inherited his library. The Josephy Center of Arts and Culture was created around that centerpiece.