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Idaho High School Student Tells Story Of His Nez Perce Heritage In Documentary

Creative Hearts And Minds of The Nez Perce
Stacia Morfin leads a tour for her company Nez Perce Tourism. She's one of several members of the Nez Perce Tribe (originally called Nimiipuu) featured in a new documentary.


Before white colonizers took land from indigenous people already living in Idaho, the Nimiipuu people occupied much of the north central part of the state. French fur traders who encountered them in the 1800s mistakenly called them Nez Perce. But their real name is Nimiipuu, meaning “the people.” Through everything they've endured, the community has held on to their traditions through their language, stories, art and more.

Idaho Matters speaks with high school student and Nez Perce filmmaker Brandon McHone about his first documentary, called "Creative Hearts & Minds of the Nez Perce."Also joining the conversation are Stacia Morfin, storyteller and Executive Director of Nez Perce Toursim and beadmaker/artist Mikailah Thompson. During the conversation, we learn how each guest is working to preserve and celebrate Nimiipuu culture.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!