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Greetings from Montana!

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By the time most of you read this, I'll be on my way to the Indian reservation to visit the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. I'm spending the day with the Tribal Council Leader, a teacher at the elementary school on the reservation and a local tribal lawyer. If they will allow me to photograph people and the reservation, I'll be sure to write a report about it. Mainly I want to go to see for myself how Native Americans live on a real reservation, where there is no tourism attached. If you have specific questions you want me to ask the locals or Tribal Council Leader, please write them in the comments and I'll try to find the answer.

I'll try to start publishing reports again when I get back later this week, but I can honestly say Montana is a very unique State due to its vastness and sparse population. It sometimes feels like you're the only human in the universe when you're driving on these open, endless roads...

P.S.: Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day to all my male readers. I don't know if this day is only to honor those who have served in the Russian army, or if it's now a day to celebrate all men, but either way I congratulate you! I hope the women in your lives treated you well on this day, and all others. :)

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bloger_d
Feb. 23rd, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
Greetings from Kvartira.
creaze
Feb. 23rd, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
> I don't know if this day is only to honor those who have served in the Russian army

As a matter of fact it is. But since the country is full of mummy's boys, and those mummies have traditionally a big say in public matters, they went like, oh come on, it's all boys day, cause come war, they're all gonna protect us, right my little defender, here have another pastry.
creaze
Feb. 23rd, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
Here, i got a question. I'm not sure though if it's the tribal leader's competence, rather than some academic anthropologist, but give it a try.

Was there ever a habit to artificially limit the tribe's population? I came across in one book, that some American Indians, as well as other traditional hunters, used to allow a young man to have a kid only after he'd bring a scalp of a rival tribe's member. Thus, the tribe would instinctively protect the environment from excessive use.

That author also remarked that some indians would allow to kill a bear instead, if no easy to get human was around, thinking a bear poses about the same impact on environment as a man.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
I'll ask him tomorrow and let you know if he provides any insight.
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alexanderr
Feb. 23rd, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
what happened to that lake in the photo?
is it actually frozen?? wow
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
It's partially frozen. The name of this place is Canyon Ferry Lake. Beautiful spot near Helena, my home base for this trip,
logofilka
Feb. 23rd, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
It reminds me: long time ago my husband was looking for a postdoctoral position in academia. One professor from Montana, familiar with his work, contacted my husband and invited him to consider UoMontana. My husband opened the website for the Chemistry Department to read about their research, but the site displayed only beautiful picture of lakes and hills, and some info on employees of the school enjoying outdoor activities. So, we ended up in NY. :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I visited the University of Montana in Missoula with my cousin. It was soooo small! :)) Life is very different here, that's for sure. But it's an amazing beautiful State!
yarowind
Feb. 23rd, 2016 05:53 am (UTC)
where is the snow?:)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, they are already in a complete thaw, with most mountain snow melted. :(( Even in Yellowstone, there was barely enough snow on the track to snowmobile. Pity.
iklin
Feb. 23rd, 2016 06:36 am (UTC)
Question:
Do they and how they save native language of theirs?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
I will ask the teacher at the school when I meet her. Thanks for the question.
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modest_so_zvezd
Feb. 23rd, 2016 07:14 am (UTC)

Thanks!  Today we will drink a lot of vodka!

peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
Be safe! :)
theodorexxx
Feb. 23rd, 2016 07:59 am (UTC)
It seems like Montana has enough room for all syrian refuges


i hope you won't be scalped :)

And if you ask him: Why do indians still live in camps, why don't they move to civilization?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
There are almost NO foreigners in Montana. It's one of the whitest States in the USA. Also, I've seen only two black people the whole time I've been here. It's very strange for me, because in my area whites are almost a minority. :))
maryasha_b
Feb. 23rd, 2016 08:07 am (UTC)
Wow! What an interesting trip you are having! Looking forward to your report hopefully with photos)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
It's been a great trip so far! There is amazing scenery and landscapes in Montana! Great for a nature lover like me. :)
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j1980
Feb. 23rd, 2016 08:40 am (UTC)
у слова "резервация" давно негативный оттенок, почему бы их не выделить в небольшие, но полноценные штаты?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'll ask them how they feel about the word "reservation." I've never heard that it has a negative connotation.
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vitsky
Feb. 23rd, 2016 08:50 am (UTC)
Did you see "The Revenant" movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? That's what I recalled, when you told about Montana...
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
I did not see this film, but know about it. Montana is still wild, but a bit more civilized than scenes in that film. :)
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evalex
Feb. 23rd, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
Strange, stepping to your shoes I would say "native americans"....
peacetraveler22
Feb. 23rd, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
This is the most common term in the USA. And I simply call them Indians people get confused, and think I'm speaking about people from India, not tribal folks.
Ivan Ivanych
Feb. 23rd, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
Shannon, thank you for your congratulations! In the distance on the photo you can see the mountains. Interestingly, they are very high? In the Caucasus mountains are very high. When you look at them, think that they can reach the sky. Now I live in Yekaterinburg in the Urals, my wife is from here. But sometimes I miss the Caucasus. Good photo, great words.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
The mountains don't seem so high here compared to the Tetons in Wyoming, which I also saw a few years ago. But they are still impressive in Montana, and surround you everywhere. I will visit Georgia in the autumn. This will be my first introduction to the Caucasus. :)
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pin_gwin
Feb. 23rd, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Questions to Native Americans....
I wonder what natives are doing for living? Hunting? Handcrafting? Any government help they receive? In general - what is there way of providing the existence basics and self support?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: Questions to Native Americans....
Oh, I found the answers to most of these questions today. The basic answer is that the Native Americans on the reservation are free to work wherever they want, but most of them are employed through the Tribal Council. Main jobs are construction, working at the schools on the reservation, the reservation hospital and health clinics, etc...Did you know they receive free medical care, provided by the government? All of them. The reservation is located in Browning, which is in the middle of nowhere, thus they would have to travel huge distances to work outside the reservation. Anyway, I learned a lot today because I met with two ladies who have lived on the reservation their entire life. They showed me around and explained everything. Eventually, I'll write a big report about it.
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