“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” ~Crow saying
Since families are relaxing in tipis, this is a chance to understand a little of the history of some of the tribes that used this area, their customs and lore and, of course, their use of the ingenious lodging called a "tipi". We can talk about (and experience) a sweat lodge and how the idea of "purification" was important for the first people who lived in this area, and how we can benefit from it today. And for those who wish to take home more tangible memories of their visit to the past, we can show you how to make drums and/or medicine bags.
While we were taught how to build sweat lodges and pow wow drums by an Assiniboine medicine man, and the idea of medicine bags comes from many of North America's native people, we do not try to recreate any of the ceremonies here. Those belong to the tribes that have used them for hundreds of years and we do not feel comfortable "copying" them. The ideas behind them, however, are a celebration of life, thanksgiving, and reverence for other living things. We believe that those truths are universal and we want to share them with you here at BisonQuest.