|Lake Waha located near Lewiston, Idaho|
For the most part, the Nez Perce Indians keep as far away from the lake as possible. However, according to their customs. They send teenage boys there as a rite of passage to complete what is called thier Guardian Spirit Quest. This is where a young boy must venture there and find the Spirit which would guide him through the remainder of his life. It is through this ritual that he learns what his spirit name will be and the special powers that will be bestowed upon him by his Guardian.