Northern Arapaho Native Song & Dance Arapaho Eclipse Celebration 2017
"What Was Ours" National PBS Premiere
Monday, January 16th @ 9pm
Saturday, January 21st @ 3pm
Like millions of indigenous people, many Native American tribes do not control their own material history and culture. For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. What Was Ours is the story of how a young journalist and a teenage powwow princess, both of the Arapaho tribe, traveled together with a Shoshone elder in search of missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago's Field Museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost and build hope for the future.
When Jordan Dresser returned to Wind River after graduating from college, he began working at the casino on the reservation. He was excited when the casino expressed interest in establishing a museum on the premises to tell the stories of the Shoshone and Arapaho, but was surprised to learn the tribes no longer had possession of many of their own artifacts. These objects — drums, pipes, eagle wing fans, medicine bags, weapons, and ceremonial attire — were sold off decades ago and taken far from home, only to be kept in storage, their sacred meanings slowly being lost to time. Most were located in museum collections around the country. Both Jordan and Mikala SunRhodes, a Shoshone high school student interested in her cultural history, wondered, could Wind River get them back?
They pair up with Philbert McLeod, a Shoshone elder and American military veteran whose last trip off the reservation was when he left to fight in Vietnam, where he nearly died. Philbert believes an old beaded charm passed down by an elder helped him survive combat. Reluctant to make the trip at first, he decides to travel with Jordan and Mikala because he and other elders want Wind River’s young people to know who they are and be inspired to bring the artifacts home. But ultimately it may be a local church that holds in its hands the fate of Wind River's sacred objects and tribal dreams of a museum of their own.
Northern Arapaho Experience
Native Song & Dance
FREE to the Public Every Tuesday @ 6pm, June - August
in the Wind River Casino Spring Mountain Room
The drum stays strong and is considered the heart of the Northern Arapaho people. It also provides the music to the Northern Arapaho Experience Song and Dance. Held every Tuesday at 6 p.m., the free shows offer pow wow style dance performances. Featuring local dancers, the hour long program gives viewers a glimpse into the vibrant, alive and thriving culture of the Arapaho people. Guests also get a chance to take part in the singing and dancing that will leave you with a memorable experience. The Northern Arapaho Experience Song and Dance has gained a national following and have been spotlighted in print, web and television stories. The performances starts the first week in June and ends the last week in August. All performances are held in the Spring Mountain Room.
The Great American Eclipse 2017
Arapaho Eclipse Celebration
The Best Place to be on Earth, Monday August 21, 2017
Enjoy a once in a lifetime event at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. “The Great American Eclipse,” will take place on August 21. 2017. The Wind River Indian Reservation will be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse. To celebrate this event, we are inviting visitors to make Wind River their Great American Eclipse Destination. With the blue clear skies of Wyoming as your background, we have planned a cultural experience that only Wind River can provide. Hear the songs and watch the dances of the Arapaho people as we celebrate this historic event. Tribal elders will tell stories about the significance of the eclipse and other tales about the stars. We have also partnered with other groups throughout Fremont County to make sure your event is memorable. Book a room today and visit our website here.