Posted by: nancycurteman | July 5, 2010

The Best Way to Learn About Native American Life: Live it

Chief Alfred Red Cloud the great-grandson of famous Chief Red Cloud, set a goal to spread the truth about the heroism of some of the greatest Native American chiefs. His vehicle for achieving this goal is a small tourist agency situated in Sheridan, Wyoming called Go Native American. For history buffs and adventure seekers from around the world, one of Alfred Red Cloud’s Native American tours is a must.  Indigenous tribal guides lead visits to important native sites and provide interesting commentary on the history of America’s old wild west from the perspectives of both the military and Indians who struggled in the region. These tours can be taken on horseback or in vehicles. A highlight of one of the tours is a stay in a Tipi on the Cheyenne reservation. Native American culture, Arts and history are built into the experience as is an authentic powwow. One excellent tour takes visitors to the Little Bighorn Battlefield where they see the historic battle through the eyes of both General Custer who commanded the U.S. Army’s Seventh Cavalry and Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull who led the largest gathering of Native American warriors the country had ever seen—Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho. Native Americans say that the tribal nations won the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but that it’s important to know the Cavalry lost the battle. Find out  why this detail is so important. Take a Little Big Horn Tour.


  1. Live it. Good advice. Like I said, know anyone in Perigueux?


  2. I don’t know anyone in Perigueux. Why do you ask? Will you set a novel in Perigueux?


  3. I’m waiting for the Lunar tour.


    • As soon as I take one you’ll be the first to know. 🙂


  4. The Little Bighorn National Battlefield is a solemn place to visit. That’s where I learned the origin of the expression “getting down to brass tacks.” A guide said the U.S. Army furnished troops with cheap boots held together with brass tacks. When the boots wore away, soldiers found themselves “getting down to brass tacks.”


    • What an interesting bit of history. I like knowing the origin of common sayings. At the Little Bighorn National Battlefield there is a good Ranger presentation full of nitty gritty information.


  5. Interesting post, nancy

    The Wild, Wild West is full of wonderful rich tales. Thanks for tickling our fancy with one of them.


  6. I’m fascinated with early Native American life. I think there is so much we have to learn. The president of my Rotary Club was Native American and he shared lots of interesting information about the annual PowWows.


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