There are some places that hold a special place in my heart. One such place: Montana’s Blackfeet Nation.
This blond, messy-haired girl grew up about 90 minutes south of Browning in Augusta along the Rocky Mountain Front. When I was just a little miss, we spent quite a bit of time in, around and on the reservation and have lifelong family friends who live there. Earlier this year, this blond girl took her messy hair and memories and headed to the Blackfeet Nation to go on a jeep tour with Blackfeet Outfitters.
We set out with Alger Swingley, owner of Blackfeet Outfitters and an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, to spend some time exploring the reservation.
Here’s a peek at our day…
After a day spent venturing around the Blackfeet Nation, we returned to Alger’s headquarters in Babb for a traditional Blackfeet lunch prepared by Mary Ellen Little Moustache, a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. While Mary Ellen’s traditional lunch was tasty and interesting, it was her spirit that really impressed me. A soft-spoken woman, Mary Ellen radiated strength, wisdom and kindness and throughout the time I spent with her, I mainly sat and listened, soaking up her presence and knowledge.
It was a good day.