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International Peace Park - First Day

Waterton Lakes National Park

When I got in the van in the parking lot of the Pine Lodge in Whitefish I asked aloud, "North or South?"
I turned the key and decided North.
First I had to go a bit South and then East until I could head North.
Somewhere on the Way to Waterton

Somewhere on the Way to Waterton


Once again, I had to cross the border into Canada.
Once Again

Once Again


This time when he asked if I had any liquor I replied, "I have wine for my dinner in camp."
"No problem."
Really, I had six bottles because Safeway in Whitefish had a great sale with even lower prices if you purchased 6.
Then he asked, "Are you carrying any firearms, switchblades or knives?"
I replied, "I have my Swiss Army knife for camping."
"I hope so."
Why do they bother to ask these questions? It is like in the pre-9/11 days when they asked you if you packed your own luggage.

Looking Towards Waterton Lakes National<br /> Park

Looking Towards Waterton Lakes National
Park


I learned there was a Powwow at the Blackfoot Cultural Center in Waterton Village in the park. I had to go. It had been years since I had been to a powwow. I wanted to hear the drums and bend my knees to the rhythm.
Powwow Welcome

Powwow Welcome


Everybody Dance

Everybody Dance


Youth Fancy Dancing

Youth Fancy Dancing

Young Girl in Ribbon Dress

Young Girl in Ribbon Dress

Traqditional Male Dancer

Traqditional Male Dancer

Traditional Women Dance

Traditional Women Dance


Chief Traditional

Chief Traditional

Drumgroup

Drumgroup


My Favoriter Young Chicken Dancer

My Favoriter Young Chicken Dancer

Miss Confident

Miss Confident

Male Dancer

Male Dancer


Champion Dancers

Champion Dancers


Grassdancers

Grassdancers


Grandma, Grandchild, and Chiefs

Grandma, Grandchild, and Chiefs


Blackfoot Chicken Dancer Costumes

Blackfoot Chicken Dancer Costumes


I asked at the Cultural Center: In Canada, they are the Blackfoot; in US they say Blackfeet. Same Tribe, different preference.

The historic lodge in Waterton Lakes National Parks is named the Prince of Wales. It was also built by the Great Northern Railway as a tourist destination. It looms on the highest ridge over the lakes and the town.
Tipi and Prince of Wales Lodge

Tipi and Prince of Wales Lodge


After the powwow and a snack of bannock with Saskatoon (Service) berries, it was time to find a place for the night. In addition to the PofW Lodge, Waterton village has several motels and lodges. I wanted to camp.
Best Campsite in Waterton Lakes National Park

Best Campsite in Waterton Lakes National Park


All the campgrounds seemed so far away. I drove into a picnic grounds in town and had the perfect spot all to myself. I thought a Park patrol might come through and tell me to move on, but only a handful of dog walkers and lovers came and went the entire night,.
The magnificent PofW Lodge rose above me.
Prince of Wales Lodge

Prince of Wales Lodge


It was a perfect spot and just as wonderful in the morning.
Morning at Waterton Lake

Morning at Waterton Lake

Posted by pscotterly 19:13 Archived in Canada

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Beautiful pictures of the Blackfoot Powwow! That would be something to see! Keep the pics coming, and have fun!! Jane

by Jane Alter Yohe

Now this looks like a fabulous pow wow!!! The costumes are so beautiful!!!!

by Jody

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