Land of the Buffalo Nations
Land of the Buffalo Nations
TOUR OVERVIEW - Land of the Buffalo Nations
Join this special journey through some of the most beautiful and spiritually significant lands on the planet. Come explore the land of the Tsistsistas People, the wilderness of Yellowstone, the majesty of the Bighorn Mountains, the serenity of Wind River Canyon, and join the excitement at the Northern Cheyenne reservation where we savor the sights and sounds of Powwow at the 4th of July Celebration.
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Yellowstone National Park (traditional homeland to 26 tribes)
Bighorn Mountains (Crazy Horse's favorite place)
Wind River Indian Reservation
Wild Mustangs (descendants of the original Indian pony herds)
4th July Powwow!
Enter the world of the Buffalo Nations on the High Plains - the Tsistsistas (the Northern Cheyenne), the Arapaho, and the Shoshone. You will begin to decipher human and ecological codes left through the ages in the communicative patterns of the Rock Art of the Old Ones, enjoy modern tribal art at cultural centers and trading posts, and make meaningful connections with tribal peoples as we traverse the plains, mountains, plains, desert and canyons.
Summer is an exciting time in Native America. As the summer ceremonials progress, so too does powwow season where you may thrill to the sound of the drum - the Heartbeat of the Nations while you watch the dancers swoop and swirl in traditional dances mimicking the two and four-leggeds, or telling stories as their feet brush and stomp the good earth.
Buffalo Nations of the High Plains is a trip steeped in the true stories of legendary tribal figures such as Two Moons, Dull Knife, Crazy Horse, and many others who led their Peoples through devastating tribulations toward survival - family stories handed generation to generation. Soak in the majesty and beauty of the Wind River Mountains, the Bighorn range, and the mighty rivers and emerald forests of Yellowstone; a land studded by more geothermal features than any other area on the planet.
For anyone interested in Indigenous cultures, this is a trip you will never forget.
1 - After an orientation to Native America, visit the Northern Cheyenne rez and thrill to the sights and sounds of POWWOW!
2 - Explore the cultural and historic sites of the Tsistsistas People around the Cheyenne nation's capital, Lame Deer, MT.
3 - Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn Mountains is home to the 10,000 year old sacred Medicine Wheel. Learn the true story,
visit the Smithsonian of the West in Cody
4 - Yellowstone - before it was a National Park this place was a sacred homeland to 26 native first nations Yellowstone -
As you traverse this geothermal wonderland, seek out bears, wolves, elk; enjoy this land through Native eyes.
5 - Wyoming and the Wild Mustangs - descendants of the Indian Pony herds
6 - Legend Rock is petroglyph heaven, float down the Wind River Canyon, then after dark be immersed in tribal star knowledge
7 - Wind River Indian reservation is stunning country - explore the culture, history and spirit of the Arapaho & Shoshone peoples
In and out of Billings, Montana (BIL) Dates to be announced! If you follow these dates you will be arriving the night previous to the start of the tour, with hotel accommodation INCLUDED in your price. This means you can book flights that suit you because whenever you arrive you will hop on the hotel shuttle from the airport. Same deal when you leave - you can chose your own departure time on the date noted above and will take the hotel shuttle to the airport.
NB. Some hotels will not allow you to book in until 4pm.
Most hotels will ask you to leave your room by 11 am, but may store bags for you if you have a late flight out of town.
Please do NOT book flights until your departure is confirmed.
This trip is based on single room accommodation with no single supplement. For sharing prices, please call +1. 307. 699. 6015
Is camping available?
No. This trip is well priced for the activities and accommodations that are included, but with so many hotel changes, camping is impractical
This trip is not a high activity tour, but all participants must be of reasonable fitness and be able to walk uneven paths and to take short hikes. The hike to the Medicine Wheel is approx 2 miles. If you have special needs, please let us know - we will be able to arrange something that works for you and your needs
This will be sent to you upon payment of your balance. But thinking ahead, you will not need much 'stuff' to have a great time - we are informal - no dressing for dinner, nowhere 'posh' to go to - jeans, tees, a sweatshirt/sweater and a fleece work great. Just don't forget your passport, your credit card, sun specs and sunscreen, phone (for the camera!) and charger.
In short, please only bring what you can carry easily yourself :)
This can be sent to you on request once you have made your booking. You do not have to do 'homework' prior to your trip
...but some people like to.
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