The photo shown is of the Imnaha area (which I'm sure was frequeted by Chief Joseph's people)and is East of the Joseph Canyon area north of Wallowa, where it is said Chief Joseph's people would spend the winter months. The place that Chief Joseph's people would winter is not something I know of personally, however, when we visited the region we drove up Hwy 3 to Washington State via the route and stayed at the tipis at The Rimrock Inn along the highway. About six miles south of the Inn on Hwy 3 in Oregon is an overlook into Joseph Canyon. It is here the signs note that Chief Joseph's people would winter in the bottom of the canyon in front of the viewer. I'm assuming this is the area called "Pole Patch Canyon" as identified in Google Earth. I'm sure they wintered in several different canyons, and it is said this was the "homeland" of the Nez Perce tribe before they were forced out to the Yellowstone area by disease and troubles brought on by US soldiers claiming these territories. In retrospect, I believe it would have been best to let the population of some 8,000 Nez Perce stay settled in the region all that time ago, the region, perhaps, would have been better for it today. But, alas, history is a cruel teacher.
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Photo taken in Wallowa County, OR, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location