Chief Joseph, or Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, was born on March 3, 1840 in the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon and is one of the most famous  leaders of the Nez Perce Tribes. His given name translates to “Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain,” but he is widely known as Chief Joseph, which is  also the Christian name his father adopted after being baptized. Chief Joseph the Elder was widely known for his unequaled relationship with the white settlers and the peace he cultivated between them.