NEZ Perce national historical park


The Nez Perce, or nimiipuu, are known nationwide through the historical lens of Chief Joseph and his famous surrender speech - yet there is so much more to the Nez Perce story. They have a culture that is ten thousand years old, and many nimiipuu people still live on their ancestral lands today.

North Shore worked with people of Nez Perce descent from three different reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to create ná·qc tımíne wısí·x: Of One Heart, a new visitor center theater film for Nez Perce National Historical Park in Spalding, Idaho. Of One Heart takes viewers beyond the history of Chief Joseph’s story into an exploration of the vibrant, diverse and future-focused story of Nez Perce culture.


“Given his previous experience in dealing with the complexities of tribal identity, historical trauma and politics, Rory put the interviewees at ease and just listened. Rory seemed to gain the confidence of all the tribal members he filmed. . . The final product is a much more authentic film than the one it replaces thanks to Rory’s hard work”.
— Marc Blackburn, Project Coordinator

Project Details: 

  • 24 minute theater film
  • Completed November 2014
  • Filmed in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington

Awards & Festivals:

  • Emmy Nomination
  • Official Selection, American Indian Film Festival
  • Third Place, Long Form Documentary, National Association of Interpretation Media Awards
  • Telly Award