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WAYNE OLTS

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Wayne Olts of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation documents a crossing of the non-treaty Nez Perce in Yellowstone National Park

Prof. Wayne Olts of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation documents a crossing of the non-treaty Nez Perce in Yellowstone as they travelled through the National Park during the summer of 1877. They then headed northward over the plains of Montana towards Canada.    HeagenPhoto©2016

 

“At age sixteen I was fortunate to be part of an archaeological expedition with Washington State University to the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington. We retrieved both prehistoric and historic artifacts, including a peace medal that Lewis and Clark gave to the Nez Perce. My life changed that summer and I went on to study anthropology. Over fifty years later, I have found myself spending the last two summers with the Nez Perce people from the same area, observing and photographing their ceremonies at their homeland in Wallowa, Oregon. This past summer I also explored the entirety of the Nez Perce Trail, the route of their exodus during the War of 1877 as they tried to flee to safety in Canada.

Photography has always been a part of my life. I studied at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art in San Francisco and have had numerous exhibits over the years. My latest project represents the blending of two my passions as I strive to document the vibrant and rich life of the contemporary Nez Perce while honoring their history. As their spiritual leader Armand Minthorn taught me:

                  “Today is a good day!”

Well done Wayne and qe’ciye’w’yew (Thank you!)

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