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Culture in Idaho

Pack your bags and unleash your sense of wonder as you embark on a journey through the incredible culture in Idaho. Whether you’re tracing the footsteps of the Nimiipuu on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail or sampling pintxos and paella while strolling around the Basque Block, you’re in for a treat as you discover the colorful tapestry of diverse cultures that shaped this remarkable state.


From a captivating creation story to a journey with Sacajawea’s descendants, see Idaho’s vibrant culture and heritage unfold before your eyes.

Sacajawea’s Legacy: A Family Journey in Idaho
Heart of the Monster: A Nez Perce Creation Story
Minidoka National Historic Site
Antoinette Peters | Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Chantay Mejia | Shoshone-Bannock Tribe
Kit Julianto | Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
The History of the Bear River Massacre
Tales of the Land: Nez Perce Stories of Idaho

Did You Know?

Jaialdi means “festival” in the Basque language (Euskara).

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There are five federally recognized tribes in Idaho: the Shoshone–Bannock, Shoshone–Paiute, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai and Nez Perce.

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Sacajawea, who was born in Lemhi County, Idaho and a member of the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock tribe, aided the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.

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The Nez Perce National Historic Trail is 1,170 miles long and stretches across multiple states, including Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana.


Chart a Course

Ready to turn your field trip into a road trip? Use the Visit Idaho Travel Assistant to create an itinerary packed with historical and cultural stops.

Visit Idaho Travel Assistant

Visit With Respect & Travel With Care

Keep in mind that many historical sites, especially burial grounds, hold sacred significance. While you’re visiting, respect and honor these sites as you would any historical, religious or sacred place. 

A woman dancing in a traditional Basque outfit.

Cultural Resources

Learn more about culture in Idaho with the help of these websites.


Plan ahead and check out these recurring cultural events across the state.


Craving More Cultural Content?

Find even more fantastic stories about culture in Idaho when you download or order your free Official Idaho Travel Guide today.


Exhibits inside the visitor center at Minidoka National Historic Site.