Visitors to Pryor’s Chief Plenty Coup State Park watched and learned as Crow tribal members danced, sang and spoke in commemoration of Saturday’s Day of Honor.
The Day of Honor, celebrating the National Park Service centennial, started with an early morning Fun Run and featured drum groups and dancers, as well as presentations from Crow and National Park Service historians. The event ended with a free buffalo feast.
The centennial, according to the Find Your Park website, is being celebrated nationwide through the Find Your Park Centennial Objective. Find Your Park is a movement designed to “spread the word about the amazing places, inspirational stories, our country’s natural resources and our diverse cultural heritage that the national parks tell.”
The National Park Service’s Day of Honor recognizes Crow history and culture, educating visitors while surrounded by the log home, sacred spring and farmstead of Chief Plenty Coups.
“When Plenty Coups gave up his nomadic ways in 1884, he became one of the first Apsáalooke to own and settle on a farm,” the Find Your Park website states. “[The farm] was deeded to him through the federal Indian Allotment Act. On his 320-acre tract, located a half mile east of Pryor, he opened a general store, built a home, and tilled the earth until his death in 1932 at age 84.”
Chief Plenty Coups State Park held multiple celebratory events this year and two events remain – Native American Heritage Day on Sept. 30 and a Christmas Open House on Dec. 7.
For more information, visit Findyourpark.com or Stateparks.mt.gov/chief-plenty-coups.