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Coyote of Nez Perce legend is the answer for Week 420 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Good and bad

Tuesday: A well known character

Wednesday: Sometimes a trickster

Thursday: Sometimes a hero

Friday: Legends

Saturday: Nez Perce stories

Coyote is a frequent character in Nez Perce or Nimiipuu stories and legends used to teach children. He was a teacher, trickster or hero depending on the particular story. Traditionally, these stories were told by elders in the winter time to their families. They taught children about the landforms that surrounded their homeland and helped them learn their language, history and culture.

One of the most known is the legend of how Coyote created the Nimiipuu from the blood of a monster. That particular story is linked to the Heart of the Monster historical site off U.S. Highway 12 at Kamiah.

Another is Coyote's Fishnet that is located about seven miles out of Lewiston along U.S. Highway 95.

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