Within Glacier Country you'll find the Flathead Indian Reservation (the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) and the Blackfeet Reservation (the Blackfeet Nation).
To get a glimpse of the cultures and traditions of the Blackfeet, take a Blackfeet Cultural Tour in Glacier National Park—the ‘Backbone of the World.’ Interpretive tours are offered by Sun Tours, and focus on the history of the park's natural wonders and their past and present connection to the Blackfeet Nation. Sun Tours guides are members of the Blackfeet Nation, knowledgeable about tribal culture and the history of the park. Tours touch on the spiritual and philosophical perspectives of the Blackfeet and offer some of the most scenic views of the park, including glacial lakes, expansive valleys and jagged peaks. It's also a great opportunity to view park wildlife. Also visit the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning for a collection of tribal artwork created by the American Indians of the Northern Plains.
Another way to experience the history and way of life of the American Indians in Montana is to take a Tribal Traditional Stories Workshop Hike with Iron Shield Creative. Hike the public lands around Glacier National Park and hear the cultural historic stories of the landscapes, told by tribal members. Choose from a variety of day-hike workshops, all based around indigenous stories.
The Historic St. Mary's Mission in Stevensville also serves as a portal into the past. Prior to moving to the Flathead Indian Reservation, the Salish Tribe resided in Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mission and grounds, as well as Chief Victor's cabin. The cabin houses an impressive photo gallery that helps tell the story of the convergence of two cultures.
Experience more of the rich American Indian heritage of art, music, dance, storytelling and sacred lands in Glacier Country at traditional events like North American Indian Days and the Arlee Esyapqeyni Fourth of July Celebration and pow wow. Learn more here.
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