Here, near the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, Nez Perce people lived and fished long before Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805. Today, the Listening Circle honors native traditions in a landscape that today remains similar to what the explorers described in their journals. Visitors will experience the Listening Circle and focus their attention on the breeze through the trees, the gentle sound of the water, and the muted browns, greens, and yellows of the enduring landscape that surrounds them.
1–The Listening Circle
The Listening Circle is a basalt amphitheater inspired by the Nez Perce blessing ceremony that took place here in 2005 where the women faced north, the men faced south, the elders faced east, and no one passed behind them. From above the arced basalt seating resembles ripples of water.
The Chief Timothy Park site was completed and dedicated in a Nez Perce ceremony May 29, 2015.
Chief Timothy Park was chosen as a Confluence Project site by Nez Perce elders and Maya Lin. With collaboration from the Nez Perce Tribe, the Listening Circle was designed by Maya Lin with support from Maya Lin Studio, Greenworks Landscape Architecture and JE John Construction, with permitting from the US Army Corps of Engineers – Walla Walla The project was funded by the State of Washington – Department of Commerce, Asotin County with promotional support from Visit Lewis Clark Valley. Chief Timothy Park is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and managed by Northwest Land Management.