Nez Perce Language Courses

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures


American Indian Studies Program

Harold Crook with Cecil Carter, Fall semester 2001

Nez Perce Language -  NEZP 101-02 and 201-02

Elementary Nez Perce Language (NEZP 101-2) and Intermediate Nez Perce Language (NEZP 201-2) will be offered this Fall (2002) and Spring (2003) semesters as newly approved U of I courses. The course instructor is Harold Crook, Ph.D., working closely with Nez Perce elder, Cecil Carter.  The courses are offered in cooperation with Lewis-Clark State College and the Nez Perce Tribe.

Fry bread demonstration, Spring semester 2003 (click to enlarge)

Elementary Nez Perce Language (NEZP 101) is a four credit course and will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.  Intermediate Nez Perce Language (NEZP 201) is a four credit course and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm, with a Friday Lab running from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Both courses are two-semester long courses, continuing through the Spring semester.

The courses are offered in a live, interactive, compressed-video format, originating out of Lewiston, with the instructors, Harold and Cecil, periodically coming to the Moscow campus.  In addition, students are also taken on field-trips and have in-class demonstrations of Nez Perce cultural activities, to better understand the use of the language. The classes will be held in JEB 111 on the Moscow campus.

Credits earned from completion of the year-long courses can be used to help satisfy the elective requirements of the American Indian Studies Minor offered through the University of Idaho.  Completion of two-full years of the language can be used to satisfy the language requirement for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences BA core requirement.

Harold with Cecil Carter, Spring semester 2003 (click to enlarge)

Fry Bread Making (click to enlarge)

For additional information, contact:

 - Harold Crook, Instructor, Lewis-Clark State College,, 208-792-2852

 - Jim Reece, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 320 Administration,, 885-6179

 - Rodney Frey, Acting Director, American Indian Studies Program, Phinney 116,,  885-6268


To listen to some Nimíipuutimptneewit (Nez Perce language) spoken by the elder, Horace Axtell, go to the Nez Perce Language Program page, located on the Nez Perce - Lifelong Learning Online Module.

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