c'aynim 'alikinwaaspa (Bear Paw) combat / Capture of cannon at ‘ickum’kiléelixpe (Big Hole) [1877], ca. 1927

Cultural Narrative: 

Original hand-drawn color document, 56 x 43 cm. At the top is a combat between piyopyóot’alikt (Peo-Peo Tholekt) and a ceeptitím’nin (Cheyenne) at the c'aynim 'alikinwaaspa (Bear Paw Battle). At the bottom is the capture of a cannon from U.S. soldiers at the ‘ickum’kiléelixpe (Battle of Big Hole). Both are drawn by piyopyóot’alikt (Peo-Peo Tholekt). In the summer of 1927, three Nez Perce (piyopyóot’alikt (Peo Peo Tholekt), hímiin maqsmáqs (Yellow Wolf), and 'iléxni 'éewteesin' (Many Wounds)) and Yakima rancher Lucullus V. McWhorter traveled to the battlefields of the 1877 Nez Perce War and wrote down the Nez Perce's memories of what had happened.