Nez Pierce Historic Site and Old Chief Joseph Gravesite
This site marks the location of a former Nez Perce campground and the gravesite of Tuekakas (c. 1785-1871), the father of Chief Joseph (1840-1904); Tuekakas is also referred to as Old Chief Joseph. It is situated in the Wallowa Valley, which was and remains very sacred land to the Nez Perce people. The valley was the focal point for a more than decade-long resistance against white encroachment upon Nez Perce lands. Tuekakas died in 1871 and was buried down the valley, but his remains were desecrated. In 1926, his remains were buried here and the grave is marked by a tall stone marker.
Backstory and Context