The Plains Indians – the proud first residents of the Rocky Mountain West – still make the region their home. Experience all that the region offers with our Native America sample itinerary below.
Days 1/2: The Denver Art Museum has what is often acknowledged as the world’s greatest collections of American Indian artwork, representing all of North America’s tribes. There are many traders in the city who deal in Indian artwork, jewelry and blankets. The Denver Pow Wow is held every March. Overnight Denver.
Days 3/4: Both the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes share the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander, Wyoming. Cultural tours of the reservation are available. Guide and outfitting services are available from Native American guides to explore the spectacular Wind River Mountain Range. Fishing, camping and horseback riding are offered during an authentic Indian cultural experience.
Days 5/6: The Assiniboine, Sioux, Blackfeet, Chippewa, Cree, Confederated Salish & Kootenai, Crow, Gros Ventre, Northern Cheyenne and Little Shell Indians all reside in Montana. State parks, historic trails, and national monuments, as well as various museums and events, across Montana honor Montana’s first residents. In early July, the Blackfeet host the Northern American Indian Days in Browning. The eight-day Crow Fair is hosted each August at the Crow Agency near Hardin. This event includes rodeos, dances, parades, games, food and craft displays.
Days 7/8: Native American people of North Dakota – They are the Mandan, Hidatso, Arikara, the Yanktonai, Sisseton, Wahpeton, Hunkpapa, and other Dakotah/Lakotah tribes, along with the Pembina Chippewa, Cree and Metis. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes farmed the area along the Missouri River. Today there are reconstructed earthlodges, near Mandan, New Town and Stanton, that showcase the some of the oldest settled cities in America. Throughout the year, Powwows are held around the state, with the United Tribes Technical College’s International Powwow finishing the season on the second weekend in September each year. This “Contest Powwow” attracts hundreds of American Indian dancers, drum groups, showcase of American Indian culture, and is home of the champions. It is a celebration showcasing “champion” dancers and drums from across the U.S. and Canada, competing for top honors.
Days 9/10: The are nine Sioux Indian tribal governments, six of which have reservations in South Dakota. This is the land of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and Black Elk. Authentic Indian beadwork, quillwork, fine arts and pottery can be found at over a hundred museums and art galleries. Visitors can attend pow wows and tour museums/art galleries such as the Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain, the Red Cloud Heritage Center in Pine Ridge and the Tekakwitha Ah Arts Center in Sisseton. Tipi stays and unique cultural experiences are also available. The Pine Ridge Reservation is the site where the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre took place.
Day 11: Depart from MSP on any number airlines that have direct international connections.
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