hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf's) commemorative medal

Cultural Narrative: 

This was a medal commissioned by L.V. McWhorter to commemorate Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) warrior hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf's) participation in the Nez Perce War of 1877. Additionally, L.V. McWhorter presented the medal to hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf) in his honor.

Evidence suggests that hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf) told his mother, "I will stay in the prairie like a coyote I have no home,"
as she left the Idaho Territory campsite at qémneqe (Clear Creek) to return with General Howard and the Christian Nimíipuu (Nez Perce).

This quote is inscribed on the back side of the medal presented to hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf).

(Inscription on front of medal box)

"Lewis & Clark


Centennial Exposition

Portland, Oregon"

(Inscription on front of medal)

"He-mene Mox-mox
Yellow Wolf

Nez Perce War 1877


LV McWhorter

(Hemene Ka-wan
Old Wolf)


This medal is made from silver and is 6.4 cm in length. It is in a black/dark blue commemorative box noting "Lewis & Clark 1905 Centennial Exposition Portland, Oregon" in gold lettering. The Lewis & Clark 1905 Centennial Exposition was an exposition, similar to a world's fair, commemorating the centennial anniversary of the expedition by Lewis & Clark. Evidence suggests this medal was from the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition, but the specific connection, whether it was ordered from the exposition, produced at the exposition, or presented at the exposition, is unknown. The front of the medal is dated 1909, indicating this is when the medal was produced or issued.