Last Montanan Adventure

Having had to pass on several adventures due to my silly knee, I was pretty excited to FINALLY get out of the house. With seven recognized Indian reservations, Montana has quite a few Pow Wows during the year. I had yet to visit one, and lucky for me there was one in Arlee the weekend before I had to leave. Plus I got the added bonus of getting to revisit the Garden of 1,000 Buddahs to see their progress since the Peace Festival in September. It was pretty cool to see the progress they have made in 10 months. Back in September they only had about 200 Buddah’s finished, and a handful of stupas shipped from overseas. Currently they have around 800 Buddah’s finished, all the Stupas out, and mini garden’s being placed around the temple. Overall it looks beautiful, and I’m glad to see it come to fruition. Next I went to visit the Pow Wow in Arlee. For those who don’t know, a Pow Wow is a gathering of a Native Tribe where they dance, and celebrate their heritage and ancestors. Having not eaten anything yet that day I decided to get some food to eat. I wandered around for several minutes trying to find something that was at least semi-authentic. Vendors were selling burgers, pizza, jerk chicken and several other types of non-native junk foods. Indian burgers and tacos turned out to be regular burger and tacos but just wrapped in fried bread instead of buns or tortilla’s. I finally found a vendor that had what looked liked Native foods of bean and rice. They also had something called red menudo which I had never head of. However I figured that since I was there I might as well try different foods, so I ordered it. Turns out menudo is a stew made out of beef tripe (stomach). So needless to say, after a couple of bites I stopped eating it. I then walked (read crutched) over to the main tent for the Grand Entry. Over 400 dancers in costumes came into the dance floor for the grand entry. They all wore traditional costumes that were made by themselves or by family members. Their costumes are really bright and colorful and interesting to look. Here’s a few pictures so you can see what I mean. Sorry for the terrible angle, but I was not really able to move around to get good pictures. And I was pleasantly surprise on my way home. I caught sight of a double rainbow!!!

 So that’s it folks. A (slightly less than) year in Montana. Overall it’s been a good year, (except for this injury, but that’s Wyoming’s fault) and great experience for me. Thanks for tuning in.



2 thoughts on “Last Montanan Adventure

  1. What a year! So sorry it ended on a low: clearly the problems are not over yet, but it sounds as though you’re on the mend. Keep up the writing and the photography though: you’ve got an audience now who are interested in following you!

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