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What do the Nez Perce call themselves?

The Nez Perce call themselves Niimíipuu – “The People.” The name nez percé (“pierced nose”) came from French Canadian fur traders in the 18th century, an erroneous identification as nose piercing was never practiced by the tribe.

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In this way, what does the name Nez Perce mean?

Nez Perce people. After first contact, the name "Nez Perce" was given to the Niimíipuu and the nearby Chinook people by French explorers and trappers. The name means "pierced nose", but only the Chinook used that form of decoration.

Subsequently, question is, how do you pronounce the Nez Perce tribe? Nez Perce is is pronounced "nezz purse" in English. It comes from the French name for the tribe, Nez Percé (pronounced nay per-say.)

Similarly, it is asked, where does the name Nez Perce come from?

The name Nez Perce came from French trappers and means "pierced nose" in French. The trappers must have been confused, however, because the Nez Perce did not typically pierce their noses. The Nez Perce refer to themselves as the Nimiipuu.

What made the Nez Perce unique?

The Nez Percé built up one of the largest horse herds on the continent. They were almost unique among Native Americans in conducting a selective breeding program, and they were instrumental in creating the Appaloosa breed.

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