Painter Paul Kane was impressed by Palouse Falls in the 1840s. So will you be - today.
From just west of Clarkston, down the Snake River to its junction with the Columbia lies the home territory of the Palouse Indians. Hahtalekin and Husishusis Kute (Bald Head) headed two small Palouse bands that went along on the flight with the Nez Perce. Hahtalekin's band lived at the junction of the Palouse and Snake rivers. The band of Husishusis Kute had their ancestral home at Wawawai, just west of Pullman.

These Palouse bands were closely related by marriage to the Looking Glass band. In fact, when General Howard ordered the nontreaty bands onto the reservation, Looking Glass insisted that the Palouse choose an area next to his on the reservation. The Palouse and the Nez Perce were closely related tribes. They shared not only the same language family but also many customs. Lewis and'Clark did not distinguish between them, as several other Euro-Americans also failed to do. The Palouse were therefore lumped in with the Nez Perce.



The Nez Perce Flight to Canada - An Introduction

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