Nez Perce Language

Gain fluency in Nez Perce language and culture in one of the only programs of its kind.

Degree Options Minor
Locations Lewiston

LC State and the Nez Perce Tribe partner on this minor. The goal of this program is for students to develop considerable fluency in Nez Perce, as well as competency in the culture. First-year students learn the foundations of the language and participate in cooking, root digging, and other cultural activities. In the second year, they learn through reading original Coyote stories told by tribal elders. This provides a strong foundation in the oral literature. Third year students are mentored one-on-one by elders to develop fluency and increase their cultural knowledge. The labs must be taken each semester the first two years. After completing the minor, students may apply for public school certification and complete a Teaching Methods class through the Education Division, a mentorship program, and oral and written exams. The minor requires 27 credits.

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