HOME
click here to return to the main page
Nez Perce
Expedition Culture Geography People Maps Nature
People
  Broken Arm
Ellis
Old Joseph
Joseph
Lawyer
Old Looking Glass
Looking Glass
Sam Morris
No Horns on His Head
Ollokot
Peo peo Tholekt
Rabbit Skin Leggings
Tu hul hul'cuut'
Timothy
Twisted Hair
White Bird
Yellow Wolf

  Others
  Nimipuu Consultants and Interviewees

Joseph (Tue kas kas or Twitekis, also known as "Old Joseph")

"Old " Joseph was born about 1786 near Wawawai, Washington. He was the son of Wallamuutkin and an unnamed Nez Perce woman. Joseph was the father of "Young" Joseph, who gained notoriety during the events surrounding the Nez Perce War of 1877 and subsequent years. "Old" Joseph was one of Spalding's first converts, converted in 1839; upon this occurrence, he relocated his lodge near the Spalding Mission for a brief time. Joseph became dissatisfied with Spalding and tore up his bible and moved back to the Wallowa Valley. Joseph was a key figure in the 1855 Walla Walla Treaty negotiations, which he eventually signed, along with fifty-eight other prominent headman. Joseph died in 1871 in the Wallowa Valley and was buried near the confluence of the Wallowa and Lostine Rivers; his grave was later pillaged by white settlers who moved into the Wallowa Valley.

Nez Perce Tribe 2002