One Day with Blackfeet Outfitters: Exploring Montana’s Blackfeet Nation

There are some places that hold a special place in my heart. One such place: Montana’s Blackfeet Nation.

Blackfeet warrior sculptures at one of the entry points on the reservation.

Blackfeet warrior sculptures at one of the entry points on the reservation.

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.

Our ride for the tour, a 1985 Army jeep.

Our ride for the tour, a 1985 Army jeep.

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…

Alger picked our group up in St. Mary and we headed for the Many Glacier area and this view.

Alger picked our tour group up in St. Mary and we headed for the Many Glacier area and this view.

The jeep tour took us to an area on the reservation that is only accessible to guests of the tour.

The jeep tour took us to an area on the reservation that is only accessible to guests of the tour.

The jeep handled the steep terrain like it was nothing + our reward was this perspective of Glacier National Park.

The jeep handled the steep terrain like it was nothing + our reward was this perspective of Glacier National Park.

We also traveled to this pristine country near Chief Mountain, a sacred site for the Blackfeet people.

We also traveled to this pristine country near Chief Mountain, a sacred site for the Blackfeet people.

I had to snag this shot to remind myself how lucky I am to call Montana home.

I had to snag this shot to remind myself how lucky I am to call Montana home.

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.

Mary Ellen Little Moustache.

Mary Ellen Little Moustache.

Our traditional Blackfeet lunch featured fry bread, bison soup and buffalo tongue.

Our traditional Blackfeet lunch featured fry bread, bison soup and buffalo tongue.

Mint tea, made from wild mint.

Mint tea, made from wild mint.

It was a good day.

xo,
TT

5 thoughts on “One Day with Blackfeet Outfitters: Exploring Montana’s Blackfeet Nation

  1. Sandi

    I too am in love with Montana I rember seeing chief mountain we were in Waterton and my husband wanted to show us going to the sun road I was in love Montana will always be in my heart

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