Hipéexnu' is a native led 501 (c)3 non profit organization.
The mission of Hipéexnu' derives from the humanitarian actions of the late Dr. Horace Axtell, a Niimiipuu (Nez Perce), and a life-time resident of Idaho.
MISSION: To Promote Protect & Revitalize the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Language & Cultural Arts of Life.
Culture is a lifestyle.
Language is expression.
Forever is in the youth.
Youth - Learnee
Thanks to the Language Conservancy and the Steele-Reese Foundation, Hipeexnu' completed the first Nez Perce language children's book. It is a special book about a mother moose and her moose son.
The book is dedicated to the late Bessie Green Scott. Bessie was an avid fluent speaker that motivated our nonprofit to continue preserving protecting and revitalizing our language - Nimiipuutímt.
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Culture is what you do. It's a lifestyle.
The three cultural components we focus on:
Foods and Songs
Sustaining Identity through advocating for Nimiipuu Sahaptin Cultural and Social lifeways.
- Protecting the Natural Environment for future generations. Always thinking Seven Generations ahead.
(Below) Youth go out on digging ventures. Being out on the land and carefully retrieving traditional foods is a project hipeexnu' needs help continuing to do. Thanks to Seventh Generation for funding the Digging project below.
Learnees are the youth that will be in Mentee and Apprentice-like positions. Learnee Apprentices will be trained "on the job," guided into learning; and using the dialect in their everyday lives. Learnee Mentees will be there to observe learn and become a speaker.
This mentoring is currently being taken place remotely. Hipeexnu' team members broadcast open Youth Learnee opportunities. Currently, we have seven working on language videos with some on our YouTube.
(Above) 2021 Youth Learnees complete our language classes and receive a Nez Perce Dictionary. Out future Nimiipuu knowledge and cultural carriers.
The Niimiipuu Language and Culture is Endangered.