(Billings, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: Chief Plenty Coups State Park’s Annual Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor. The 2012 event’s theme is: “Water: The Center of Life.”
When: Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Chief Plenty Coups State Park, 1 mile west of Pryor on Edgar Road.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park, near Pryor, holds an annual Day of Honor in memory of Chief Plenty Coups, last chief of the Crow people.
The 2012 Day of Honor will recognize the importance of water, including the sacred medicine spring at Plenty Coups State Park.
Three guests will speak on what water means to the Crow people—Jerome White Hip of the Crow Tribe Cultural Department; Jonathan Pretty On Top, local spiritual leader; and John Doyle of the Crow tribe’s Community- Based Participatory Research Committee who is working with innovative techniques to provide potable water from local water sources.
Jonathan Pretty On Top will discuss the Crow ceremony of “feeding the water.’’ Jerome White Hip and Jonathan Pretty On Top will also sing the sacred “water song” that marks the last day of the “Sun Dance,” a sacred annual ceremony of the Crow and other Plains tribes.
A silent art auction, information booths, a tiny tots powwow, and vendors will help make the event memorable for all ages. A traditional buffalo feast at no charge will conclude the 2012 Plenty Coups Day of Honor.
Chief Plenty Coups and his wife Strikes-The-Iron, of the Apsaalooke Crow nation, directed that upon their passing their log home and farmstead located on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana become a place for all cultures to come together in a cooperative spirit. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 18,000 people visited Chief Plenty Coups State Park.