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    Yellowstone Sacred Lands
    Yellowstone, The Place of the Yellow Rock Water was the wild land that Native
    Americans called home over 10,000 years before the Pilgrims anchored at Cape
    Cod. From natural resources to spiritual guidance, Yellowstone has long been a
    source of sustenance for the various tribes. Venture into Yellowstone, listening for
    the howl of the wolf, looking for bears and buffalo, elk and eagles and other wild
    creatures who may cross your path.

You will be surrounded by a wealth of native plants and petrified forests, sprouting geysers and impressive
waterfalls. Explore Yellowstone with an indigenous guide who will help us learn to interpret petroglyphs, ancient
messages left in stone. We will be captivated by the indigenous stories of creation, the animals as spirit messengers
and the explanations of their deep personal bond with Mother Earth. This Native guided tour is an opportunity to
learn about the “true history” of the American Indian culture which is very different than what our traditional history
books tell us. Then as night time turns our gaze star-ward to the constellations revealing the map of the summer’s
ceremonial journey, we will learn of tribal star knowledge.

Visit tribal reservations and spend time with Native artisans as they share the ancient techniques of their craft. This
Native American, intertribal, intercultural and spectacular wildlife journey in Yellowstone National Park takes you on
an adventure you will never forget. We’ll be awed by the stunning scenery and animals, humbled by the Native
sacred sites we’ll visit, marvel at the petroglyphs of Legend Rock, laugh, play, have fun and rejoice in the beauty of
this great land!  Join Gayle Lawrence – Journeys of Discovery Travel and we’ll “Enter the Circle” together as we
expand our Hearts, Souls and Spirit’s on a one-of-a-kind travel adventure into the Heartland of Yellowstone and the
Native culture of Wind River Country.

Day 1. Arrive Bozeman Montana  

Depart your home city for Bozeman, Montana. Our tour coordinator and private bus will be waiting to take us to
Chico Hot Springs – a premier resort in the Paradise Valley. Our guide will have an orientation meeting preparing
everyone for entry to the parallel world of Native America. Relax in the renowned pools fed by thermal hot springs
and enjoy dinner at the excellent Chico Dining Room.
Travel Time: Bozeman to Chico Hot Springs- 50 miles   
 Chico Hot Springs Lodge

Day 2 Yellowstone Obsidian Cliff and Sacred Paint / Wildlife Viewing

    This morning we are up early to begin our journey into Yellowstone! The human history
    of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. From then until the very
    recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting
    grounds, and transportation routes. These traditional uses of Yellowstone lands
    continued until a little over 200 years ago when the first people of European descent
    found their way into the park. In 1872 a country that had not yet seen its first
    centennial, established Yellowstone as the first national park in the world.

    The traditions of the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfeet, Nez Perce, and
    the most recent arrivals, the Crow, relate stories from the archives of ancestral
    memory. The common theme from such diverse tribes is the sacred nature of the land
    named for the Yellow Rock Water and an ancient compact between the two-legged and
    four-legged where the earth is still unmade. From the earliest tribal experience, it was
    agreed that the earth in the Place of Yellow Rock Water was uneasy with itself and that
    there, creation was neither finished nor content. To be close to creation is to be upon
    the sacred. There was not fear but respect and intuition; the 600-square mile
    Yellowstone caldera is far from resting easy.

Traveling the Grand Loop Road, we begin with a visit to the spectacular Obsidian Cliff which sits at the northern end
of Beaver Lake about eleven miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs. It forms the eastern wall of a narrow cut in the
plateau country through which Obsidian Creek flows. Approximately 7,500 years before Yellowstone became a
National Park people were quarrying for obsidian. The Hopewellians, the so-called “Mound Builders,” residing 1,500
miles to the east, were utilizing Yellowstone obsidian by 500 B.C. and the answers to how and why can be found in
Cheyenne explanations for the creation of Obsidian Cliff. A note for would-be collectors of obsidian in Yellowstone
National Park - collection is by “research permit only” and enforcement is rigorous.

As we leave Obsidian Cliff, keeping watch for wildlife that could be waiting around every
curve, we move to another precious reserve and discover where and how the Cheyenne
gathered the source of a sacred paint. Thousands of visitors arrive at Artist Paint Pots
each year, but most walk right past the special pool of sacred blue paint, oblivious to tribal
explanations of how the paint was made and the sacred process that transformed earth to
paint. This site is hugely significant to those who understand the nature of how sacred
paint was then used to create designs that imbued the body and objects with power on the spiritual matrix.
Travel Time: 80-100 miles – dependent on wildlife viewing  We’ll stay at Elephant Camp Lodge listed on the Nat.
register of Historic Places. Owned by Kevin and Debbie Millard of Shoshone heritage.  
Elephant Head Lodge

Day 3: Lake Yellowstone and Kiowa / Yellowstone Wildlife Viewing

As we explore Yellowstone today we focus on the connection between the Kiowa and the buffalo. In a typical year
more than 3,000 buffalo can be found in Yellowstone and with good fortune, we hope too personally meet these
magnificent and massive animals that roam the grasslands. The Kiowa have an ancient connection to Yellowstone
and the buffalo is revered as the sacred provider of physical and spiritual sustenance in many other tribal cultures.
Sacred bundles and explanations related to the buffalo embody the well-being of not only the Kiowa, but also the
Lakota, Cheyenne, and other tribal people. This inter-relationship and inter-connection is explored through
traditional narratives that speak of the days when the human beings and the buffalo were as one, and how the
buffalo is an ancient relative.

    We’ll drive to Lake Yellowstone, the largest lake at high elevation in North America
    (above 7,000 ft.). It begins on the slopes of Yount Peak in the Absaroka Mountain
    Range outside the southeast boundary of the park and completes its 671-mile run
    by joining the Missouri River near the Montana and North Dakota border. Stay
    alert as moose are often commonly seen in the lake area. The lake is the epicenter
    of the caldera and here we enter the Valley of the Buffalo Nation, known as
    Hayden Valley where large herds of bison graze in the spring and early summer.
    Our guide will share stories and cultural explanations which further connect us
    with Cheyenne and Kiowa traditions and origins.

Hayden Valley is also one of the best places in the park to view a wide variety of wildlife such as grizzly bears,
particularly in the spring and early summer. Grizzly bears are more likely to be seen in the open areas and possibly
black bears along the edges of trees. There is a very good chance to see coyotes in the valley. Bird life is abundant
in and along the river with a variety of shore birds in the mud flats at Alum Creek and sandhill cranes usually nest at
the south end of the valley. Ducks, geese, and American white pelicans cruise the river and the valley is also an
excellent place to look for bald eagles, peregrine falcons, ospreys and northern harriers.   
Travel Time: 50-80 miles – dependent on wildlife viewing      Elephant Head Lodge

Day 4: Yellowstone Old Faithful / Wildlife Viewing for bears and wolves

This morning we travel south to visit the most famous geyser in the world, “Old Faithful”. Yellowstone is home to
more than 10,000 geothermal features in the form of hot springs, travertine terraces, geysers, mud pots, and
fumaroles. The park provides visitors with front-row views of these dramatic, steaming vents and spouting columns
of superheated water. “When will Old Faithful erupt next?” is probably the most common question heard by park
rangers and to help answer that question a table of estimated times is posted near the geyser. On average, Old
Faithful erupts about every 92 minutes, and shoots water 135 feet into the air, but has been known to erupt as
high as 190 feet.

    After lunch in the Old Faithful Lodge, we’ll head back north into Yellowstone and
    mentally prepare to enter the Sacred Realm of the Great Bear or, as the Blackfeet say,
    the “Real Bear”; the grizzly. Amid the grandeur and tranquility of this good earth upon
    which the bear walks, we will learn of the physical and spiritual significance of the bear to
    tribal people who shared such special land with this four-legged Grandfather and
    guardian.

    These elusive four-leggeds taught The People about wisdom,
    trength, healing and tenacity. With our indigenous guide, who
    is also a world-class wildlife photographer, we will go in search
    of the “Spirit of the Grizzly” and learn about his ways and his
    wisdom. If the ‘Spirit of the Great Bear’ smiles upon us, we
    may have the honor of seeing them in the wild.

We will also learn about the importance of the wolf in Native American tribal culture,
wolf shares an ancient and powerful connection. The wolf appears in sacred narratives
of ceremony and origin; he is celebrated in song, and has taught and inspired hunters
and warriors. We will look and listen for wolves and visit places important to the wolf’s
history in Yellowstone. The wolf taught many to hunt, and would call others to share the
bounty. We will learn of that tradition – of the wolf as a teacher and how the wolf is
revered in Cheyenne and other Plains cultures. At dusk we will keep a sharp eye out as
we seek the “twilight hunter” and listen for the mysterious music of his song. If he chooses
to show himself to us, we will know he has given us a blessing.
Travel Time: 100 miles – dependent on wildlife viewing
 Cooke City Super 8 breakfast included

Day 5: Bighorns Medicine Mountain, Cody, Wyoming

    Today we leave the Northeastern sector of Yellowstone via “The most beautiful
    drive in America,” the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and wind our way amidst two
    awe-inspiring mountain ranges; the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains. The
    region is steeped in Native culture and this morning we hear the inspiring story of
    how Chief Joseph led 750 Nez Perce people through the mountains, their flight
    marked by skirmishes and battles as the US Army gave chase, eventually halting
    them just 40 miles from Canada and safety. In the uniquely western town of
    Cody, WY we visit the ‘Smithsonian of the West’, the Plains Indian Museum where
    the beauty of Native American art can be seen in tribal context.


    After a late lunch we go in search of the Wild Mustangs who range in
    the spectacular Big Horn Mountains that shadow the canyon and are
    the descendants of Crow and Cheyenne horses from the old days.
    These beautiful horses are the survivors from the Horse Nation’s
    proudest days. Their distinctive ‘primitive’ colors and markings
    including a stripe running down the back, or "zebra" stripes on the
    legs, defines their lineage as members of the tribal Horse Nation


We discuss the Time of the Buffalo and the changes that the Time of the Horse brought to the people and to the
hunt. We will begin to understand the very special connection between Native people and the Equine Spirit.   Travel
Time: 160 miles    
 Elk View Lodge

Day 6:  Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Buffalo Wyoming

Today we visit the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The Cheyenne culture is complex, deeply spiritual and
intimately beautiful. Formerly named the Tongue River Indian Reservation, the 707 square miles of what nearly 5000
residents call ‘God’s Country’ is the home of the Tsistsistas – the Morning Star People, or the Northern Cheyenne.
The Tsistsistas language is still spoken in some quarters, and many traditional people have retained their ways. We
will visit Deer Medicine Rock, the site of Sitting Bull’s vision prior to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In his vision he
saw the soldiers falling down into camp upside down, with no ears – signifying they had not listened to warnings
and thus they would bring downfall upon themselves. This site is still visited in the spirit of prayer by Cheyenne’s
and Lakota’s and ceremonies are still held around the sacred Deer Medicine Rocks. We also will visit this sacred place
with an attitude of reverence and quiet contemplation.

This afternoon holds the true highlight of the day as we will be privileged to meet and
spend time with a Cheyenne elder and healer from the tribe and hear his explanations
of the cultural ways. We will also meet with a local artisan bead worker who will demonstrate
her intricate skills and explain ancient family designs that still adorn cultural traditional
dress today. Perhaps one of her beautiful, original creations will find its way home with you!
We will also learn about the sacred sound of “The Drum”. The drum holds a sacred place in
indigenous cultures around the world and is often referred too as,The Heartbeat of Mother Earth.
Travel Time: 90 miles to the reservation, 75 miles to Buffalo, WY  
Hampton Inn – breakfast

Day 7: Riverton Wyoming – Petroglyphs Legend Rock, Wind River Canyon

After breakfast we’ll enjoy a relaxed drive to Legend Rock, called Petroglyph heaven! Petroglyphs -- prehistoric
drawings inscribed in rock -- are scattered throughout the foothills of Wyoming's mountains but Legend Rock is one
of the richest petroglyph sites in the Rockies. The anthropological experts call this place a Proto-Shoshonean art
site with no ‘known’ meanings. But tribal explanations allow us to peel back the layers of academic
misrepresentation and find that within the boundaries of the rock art site exist messages from ancient vision quests
and a graphic representation of the creation explanation held by the Arapaho, Cheyenne and their Algonquin kin.

    Later in the afternoon, our heads filled with ancient petroglyph drawings, we will enjoy
    the grandeur of the canyon on a gentle float trip down the Shoshone River. Have your
    cameras ready as we glide through the rock of ages and learn of the Wind River Canyon
    as an ancient Vision Quest site. We will arrive at The Wind River Tribal Hotel with time to
    relax and eat dinner at the Red Willow restaurant. Later that evening, we’ll venture out
    beneath the night sky with our guide to learn about the traditional tribal knowledge of
    the stars.
    Travel Time: 100 miles to Legend Rock, 60 miles to Riverton    Wind River Tribal Hotel

Day 8: Riverton Wyoming / Wind River Reservation Fort Washakie PowWow

Today we’ll explore The Wind River Indian Reservation, home to the Cheyenne-Arapaho and the Shoshone peoples.
The history of the tribes and the legacy of bravery, generosity, character and fortitude is reflected in the stories we
will hear of leaders such as Chief Washakie, Sacajawea, and other legends of this land. At the sacred site Bull Lake,
we will learn of the Sacred Woman, Wa-Waip and the water spirits that guide ancient and modern warriors.

    At Crow Heart Butte, we will hear the exciting and haunting story of the duel between
    Chief Washakie and the Crow chief Big Robber who fought on behalf of their People for
    undisputed hunting rights to the Wind River Valley. As we explore the Shoshone Indian
    reservation, preparations are being made for the biggest event of the year on Wind
    River, the Fort Washakie powwow. This event is the perfect celebration to highlight the
    last night of our amazing journey.

    Tonight we will take our first step into the world of Native American powwow as we are
    caught up in the excitement and soak in the joy and power of the dancers, singers and
    drummers as they stomp and whirl, whoop and scream, beat and pulse in rhythm with
    the sacred drum. There will be many native vendors and artisans with unique and
    beautiful hand-made crafts and jewelry so shopping is definitely part of the powwow
    experience. This night will be full of powwow food, song and dance, amazing colors,
    powerful drumming and a spirit of love, joy and happiness for all to share.    Travel
    Time: 80 miles       Wind River Tribal hotel  

Day 9: Depart Riverton Regional Airport to your home city (RIW)

As our journey comes to an end our Spirits are refreshed and our hearts are filled with the beauty and sacredness
of all that we have seen and experienced. We feel a special connection and deep respect for the Native American
people and their deeply spiritual culture they have so graciously shared with us. Welcome Home.

    Optional Extension to Grand Tetons can be arranged:
For those wishing to extend their experience in the West, a two day excursion in the Jackson Hole Valley can be
arranged as an addition to this itinerary. Spend time exploring the Grand Teton National Park where beauty and
majesty abounds in lands teeming with wildlife, and in the town known as the ‘Playground of Presidents’ – Jackson,
WY, where restaurateurs offer local dishes such as elk and bison specialties, and high-end galleries show fabulous
art works from both mainstream and native artists.

    Yellowstone National Park and
     Wind River Country, Wyoming
        Tour Dates TBA


    Tour Costs Per Person in double room: TBA
    group size limited to 8 guests
    Single Supplement:

    Cost Includes:

    Shuttle transfer airport to hotel.
    All tour transportation
    Specialized Native American guides and escorts
    8 night’s accommodations as listed or similar
    2 included breakfasts
    Entrance fees to Yellowstone Nat. Park and Plains Museum
    Private time with Native healers, tribal drummers, artisans

    Does Not Include:

    Flight from your home city to Bozeman, MT
    Meals
    Items of a personal nature, drinks, phone calls, laundry etc.
    or anything not specifically listed in itinerary
    Costs for any optional activities not listed in the itinerary
    Trip cancellation / emergency medical travel insurance
    Tips to porters, bus drivers, local guides etc.