Some Indians lived on the plains. Some lived in the woods. Some lived in the mountains. That is where many Nez Perce lived.
The name Nez Perce was French. It meant pierced nose. The man who named them made a mistake. The Nez Perce did not pierce their noses.
The Nez Perce had their own name. They called themselves Nee-mee-poo. It meant "the people."
The people loved horses. A horse could carry a man a long way. They could cross the mountains. They could help a man hunt bison on the plains.
The Nez Perce did not live in the same place all the time. They had a village for the winter. In spring, they would fish for salmon. They would make camps in the valleys. The men would fish. The women would dig roots. When the salmon stopped coming, the men would hunt.Paragraphs 6 to 15:
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