Rocky Boy Pow Wow
event of Indian
Heritage and tradition
Rocky Boy is home
to members of the Chippewa- Cree Tribe. The Bear Paw Mountains provides a
dramatic back drop for the reservation.
The name Rocky
Boy was derived from the name of a leader of a band of Chippewa Indians. It
actually meant “Stone Child” but it was not translated correctly from Chippewa
into English and “Rocky Boy” evolved.
have special social and cultural events and activities. Tribal Pow Wows and
rodeos are social events usually open to the public. When visiting these events
and public places such as museums, churches, and tribal facilities, it is
important that guests show respect and courtesy. Experience the Rocky Boy Pow
Wow, August 1-3.
Pow Wows are
social gatherings featuring generations- old drumming and dancing, and
traditional dress and food. Visitors are welcome to Pow Wows. Participants
should bring lawn chairs or blankets, since seating is limited at most Pow
Wows. Guests may dance during the “Round Dance” (everyone dances in a circle)
or when invited by the emcee. It should always be kept in mind that the dance
area is sacred. Visitors may also participate by invitation in a “Giveaway”, a
ceremony in which a family gives gifts to others to honor a deserving family