Indian Village hopes to continue sharing Native American traditions at 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days

The CFD Indian Village on Monday July, 26, 2021.
The CFD Indian Village on Monday July, 26, 2021.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Monday was the fourth day of the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days. It’s safe to say, the “Daddy of ‘Em All” is seeing a strong turnout already. One of the longest CFD traditions is the Indian Village, which aims to show and share Native American culture with visitors. The area didn’t always look the same as it does today though, it has made many improvements over the years.

“Over the years we’ve been able to build the cabins and the coolers for the vendors spaces, we’ve been able to build the arena that we have and just kind of do some improvements, so that we can make it a nice little oasis down here on the corner of the park,” said #1 Badge Lead of the CFD Indian Committee, Mariah Johnson.

Johnson said the Indian dances are by far the most popular attraction during CFD. She said it’s also fun because many of the dances are interactive and get the crowd involved. You can also hear a lot about the Native American culture through their storytelling, and there is also a flute player three times a day. It’s also the only place in the park where you can enjoy the “Indian Tacos.” Johnson said the Indian Committee takes a lot of pride in being able to share the Native American Culture during CFD.

“I can’t tell you how many visitors we get through here that they let us know that this is their first time ever seeing a Native American dance, ever hearing some of the culture and the history. So to be able to provide that to people from not only around this nation but around the world, it’s such a good feeling.”

The Indian Village is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day during CFD, except for on Wednesday, because there will be a pow wow beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information on the CFD Indian Village, you can head to its website here.

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