When Stacia Morin founded Nez Perce Tourism in spring 2019, her vision was to provide exclusive opportunities for visitors to walk alongside the Nimiipuu people, learning their ancient and modern ways of life and embracing the spirit of their homelands. There is plenty of terrain to explore; You can start here, in the 2 Degrees Northwest region and explore endlessly across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.
Speaking to me on Zoom while welcoming customers to the Nez Perce Traditions gift shop in Lewiston, making preparations for a cultural education event, and overseeing a team processing 14 big boxes of new inventory, Stacia shows the grace under pressure that anyone would want in a travel guide. She figures there is time to sleep sometime in the future.
Along with her sisters, Ciarra and Sawaya Greene , Stacia is the backbone of a team of six core staff and 55 singers, drummers and dancers who work together to create unique cultural experiences. Close collaboration with small communities, museums, farmers, and others are integral in offering what Stacia calls “an authentic experience of the people of the homeland you’re visiting.” The transformational experience, she says, is “real people and real culture. We can share the language with you, we can tell you the stories, we can show you the exact place where this historical event happened.”
Whether you join one of their organized tours, arrange a customized itinerary, or take their advice for an on-your-own sightseeing adventure, your experience could include white water rafting, dinner with the Nez Perce, Appaloosa horseback riding, traditional arts workshops, historical tours, wildlife encounters, and more. In 2021, Nez Perce Tourism was awarded the Best Cultural Heritage Experience by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.
Stacia and her family are deeply woven in and committed to the Nez Perce community — donating to local and cultural organizations, hiring veterans and, this year, committing to support more women-owned businesses. From a young age, Stacia says, “we were taught that what is important is not how much money you have in your bank account, it’s how much you give back to your community.”
Titooqanaawit – Live It!
Visit them in-person at Traditions Gift Shop: 800 Main Street Suite #4, Lewiston, ID 83501
Call (208) 790-8873 to inquire about tours.
Learn more about Nez Perce Tourism’s services on the company’s website