Chief Joseph – Native American


This Chief Joseph mug is part of our collection of Native American biographical mugs.  An image of Chief Joseph and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Chief Joseph succeeded his father as leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce. When his band was forcibly removed from its ancestral lands he led it on a journey to reach political asylum by joining with the Lakota led by Sitting Bull. Pursued by the U.S. Army over a 1,170-mile fighting retreat, later known as the Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph received recognition for his principled resistance and eventually as a humanitarian and peacemaker.

This Chief Joseph mug is part of our Native American biographical series.  Indigenous Americans in the United States are descendants of Pre-Columbian Era people who populated these lands.  Prior to 1492, there were many different nations, bands, and tribes. After contact with the Europeans who began to explore and colonize the Americas, the populations of these groups dramatically declined.  During the 19th century as explorers, settlers and the military moved into the West conflicts became frequent.  We would like to honor the notable men and women, from the past and the present, who deserve acknowledgment and recognition for their roles in Native American history.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.


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