The celebration in Browning
is always held the second week in July for four days. It is an intriguing way to see authentic Blackfeet traditions. Tipis
are pitched on the powwow grounds for four days of contest dancing, games, a number of sports events and socializing.
Comprising one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes, the celebration is an unforgettable experience.
Once you hear and feel the mystery of the drum, see the traditional and fancy dancing, and the many proud Native people, then you
will begin to understand the Blackfeet.
North American Indian Days 2014 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2013 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2011 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2010 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2009 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2008 Poster
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North American Indian Days 2007 Poster
Browning's Annual Community Celebration Day
Friday of North American Indian Days
July 8, 2016
Registration for these activities can be done at City Hall. Call 406-338-2344, send an e-mail, write PO Box 469, Browning, MT 59417 or register in person at 124 2nd Avenue N.W.
Mayor’s Cup Walk/Race
Hosted by the Town of Browning and the Antelope Society
9:00 a.m. at City Park
Mayor’s Cup Walk/Race
- 1-mile walk
- 1-mile run
- 3-mile run
- 5-mile run
Male and Female
- 10 and under - $1.00
- 11-18 - $3.00
- 19-55 - $5.00
- 56 and over – $2.00
- For all 1st placers, each category-event
- For all 2nd placers, each category-event
- For all 3rd placers, each category-event
Horse Shoe Tournament
- Singles and Doubles
- $10.00 single
- $25.00 team
"Give wisdom and understanding to my leaders. Protect
my warriors and bring them back safe. Give to the young, love and contentment. Give health and long life to my old people, so that
they may remain with us a long time. Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed. And give me
knowledge, so I may have kindness for all. And let me live each day, so when day is done, my prayers will not have been in vain."
Francis X. Guardipee, Big Lodge Pole
Blackfeet camps had a great number of painted tipis.
The designs and pictographic features conformed closely to one conventional style. Each decorated tipi was associated with
a specific bundle.
Great pride is taken in the ownership of a painted tipi because of the medicinal power of the bundle and importance placed on the
owner, giving them an honorary position with the tribe. Owners of these tipis acquired the design from a dream or vision.
These tipis were eligible to be transferred in a particular ceremony.
Acknowledged as one of the most powerful
tribes in the American northwest, the Blackfeet, or Siksika, are a loose confederacy of three independent tribes presently living in
Montana and Alberta, Canada. The name originates from the distinctive black hue of the mossasins that were either
painted that color or perhaps darkened by prairie fires.
Of an estimated 14,000 Blackfeet in the world today, approximately 8,600 live in Blackfeet Country. The Town of Browning
is the seat of the tribal government as well as the site of the annual North American Indian Days celebration in mid-July.
For more information please contact Blackfeet Country's Planning Department at 406-338-7406.