Native American Cultural Tours in Montana

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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Sculpture of warriors on the Blackfeet reservation.

There are a million reasons to vacation in Montana. Skiing Montana’s ski resorts, hiking and sightseeing in Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, or visiting it’s many hot springs all come to mind immediately. But you may also want to consider cultural tourism of Montana’s tribes.

Montana’s Native American tribes are yet another reason to vacation here. Tribes such as the Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead, Kootenai and others have fantastic histories. You can see these histories in a host of museums, pow wows, historic sites, and Montana towns.

About 11 percent of Montana’s population is Native American, and they carry on a great tradition here. As many tribal members have noted, Montana’s tribes were in many ways the states first tour guides, helping Lewis and Clark find their way around. Later, the Blackfeet greeted passengers arriving on trains to Glacier National Park, and have had a long tradition of guiding in this area.

If you want to get an authentic taste of what North America once was, Montana is a great place, where proud people carry on great traditions, and are often willing to share their culture with visitors. Make cultural tourism a part of any Montana vacation, whether you’re here to ski, hike, fly fish, hunt, whitewater raft or enjoy any of the hundreds of other activities here, knowing something about the area’s history will only deepen your experience.

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