Montana Shaped by Tradition
“The culture and the traditions that I come from influence my writing because that is who I am.”— Henry Real Bird, Montana Poet Laureate 2009-2011
Tradition pervades the Montana experience and local lifestyle. Visitors feel like they have stepped back in time where a slower pace of life prevails and the importance of heritage remains evident. Shaped by the diverse history of the region, Montana is a place unlike any other.
Museums and historical trails tell stories of a land that dinosaurs once roamed, early pioneers explored and Native Americans celebrated. Authentic experiences, flavors and traditions are kept alive by fifth generation ranchers, world-class artisans and long-established mom-and-pop shops that offer a glimpse of the past as well as slices of genuine, modern-day Montana.
While you’re here, enjoy a local festival, witness the wonder of a powwow and cheer on participants at a rodeo. These events bring communities together and give you a chance to experience the celebration of important pastimes. Breath in the fresh mountain air and explore the Big Sky Country. Take a sleigh ride through the Beartooth Mountains, canoe down a glacial stream or follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Montana’s timeless beauty—in the mountains, along the rivers and across the prairies—will inspire you to create a tradition of your own. Montana welcomes you, your family and generations to come.
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