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Name Nespelem
Details Nespelem, WA is a community on the Colville Indian Reservation three miles northeast of the Columbia River in the southeast corner of Okanogan County. It is a tribal name and means of large, open meadow, or big, flat land describing a large meadow adjoining the town. In 1841, the word evidently sounded like Spillnin to members of the Wilkes Expedition who so charted it. Another early spelling was Nspilich.

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Image of 1959.004.0007 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0007 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of a graveyard. Image of wooden crosses and stone headstones in field with vegetation. Fences, trees, and hills in background. Photo appears to be cropped. Note on back of photo written in black ink: "8. Chief Moses grave 1898, at Nespelem in / the beautiful peaceful hills." Written in pencil above other writing: "Josephs?" From Notes on Photographs: "Group 1: 8 Photographs. First group: Travelers of the Old Indian Trails across North Central Washington and neighbors of my father James Christianson who usurped their home in 1884." Photo: Group 1 No. 9: "Chief Moses Grave 1899."

Image of 1959.004.0011 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0011 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of two tepees with wooden poles with a wooden wagon in foreground. Background of image includes large group of men and women (some on horseback), additional tepees, tree, and hills. Note on back of photo written in blue ink: "11 Nespelem Teepee Circle abt 1907 / cayuses and wagons." From Notes on Photographs: "Group 2: 6 Pictures" Photo: Group 2 No. 3: "Nespelm Tepee Circle about 1907 note cayuses and wagons." Nespelem at one time was an sub-agency for the Colville Reservation.

Image of 2005.006.0001 - Print, Photographic

2005.006.0001 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of grave of Chief Moses in Nespelem, WA. Image of large light colored engraved tombstone inside wooden picket fence with vegetation on ground and vegetation and wooden crosses in background behind fence. Inscription on tombstone reads: "CHIEF MOSES / BORN / 1829 / DIED / MAR. 25, 1899 / AGED / 70 YRS." Engravings/carvings include a slanted Latin-style cross near top of tombstone above inscription, design of lines and circles below inscription, and "MOSES" in large capital letter on base. Cross has "I.H.S" engraved on horizontal bar. "Nespelem / Wash." written in cursive in black ink near top of paper on back of photo. "7" written in b