What drew me to Montana was the seven aboriginal group that live in the state and the massive size of the reservation.
I came to Montana for the annual Crow Fair which is called “Teepee Capital of the World” with nearly 1,500 teepees during the week of Crow Fair, which is the biggest event for the Apsáalooke Nation and is currently considered the largest American Indian encampment in the United States.
It was started in 1904 and now attracts over 45,000 participants and spectators from all over North America. This festival honours tradition, and it is very similar to typical community events with things to buy, a parade, races, rodeo and other events. The biggest attraction is the dance celebration, also known as the pow wow.
It was the first time I had participated in something like this, there was so much energy in the air and the traditional dress from the different tribes was so beautiful. I also learned that to the trained observer there are different types of dances at the pow wow and many specialize in one over the other during competitions.
It was incredibly hot and I really felt for some of the kids who were wearing such heavy dress.
With so many groups attending the pow wow here you can really see the diversity in faces. But what is more interesting is that I see facial similarities amongst indigenous populations in other areas of the world. It’s almost like puzzle pieces coming together, showing us how we are all connected.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Visit Montana but they did not request I write a favourable review of Crow Fair or drain the batteries on both my camera and my phone because I was taking so many photos. It was difficult to narrow down which photos to use for this post.