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Eight Nations. Eleven Tribes.
When it comes to American Indian culture, Montana's roots run deep. Between wild places unchanged by settlement, hallowed grounds of past battles and longstanding American Indian celebrations that continue to this day, Montana showcases
the history of the 11 tribes.
Montana's state flower, the bitterroot, was a food staple for many American Indians.
Alexa T. recommends the Native American exhibits (and more!) at the
CM Russell Museum in Great Falls.
Maybe not as well known as Crow Fair, the celebration of the American Indian culture can be found statewide. Relive the battle from an American Indian perspective (some actors are actual descendants of the original warriors) at
Custer's Last Stand Reenactment. If you're traveling in the northeast, witness a century-old Native American tradition rolled into a rodeo at the
Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede. In central Montana, try your hand at throwing an 8,000-year-old weapon (no experience required!) at the
First People's Buffalo Jump Atlatl Competition. And, it doesn't stop here--see the additional "Things to Do" listed below.
Witness the oldest powwow in Montana at the Wadopana Celebration in
Montana's human history stretches back thousands of years, from the earliest cave painters to Indian warriors to the history still unfolding every summer at powwows statewide...just awaiting your respectful presence.