The Wild West, Artist Charles M. Russell and the Plains Indians
Based out of the beautifully preserved National Register of Historic Places Ursuline Centre, you’ll embark on an engaging learning adventure that covers a wide range of relevant topics.
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Program No. 1650RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

In Great Falls, Montana, rediscover the Wild West from the iconic cowboys and frontier explorers to the centuries-old traditions of the Plains Indians. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, these rugged lands still hold that spark of the old American frontier. Witness the Wild West come to life with presentations from an expert historian, excursions to historic forts and an exploration of the prolific work of a cowboy artist. With a member of the Blackfeet Nation as your guide, learn the ancient ways of the Plains Indians.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal walking on paved and gravel paths; standing in museum. Getting on/off coach bus. Elevations of 3,100 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Travel in time back to the Wild West as historian Dugan Coburn brings three illustrious folk heroes to life with period dress and tools.
  • At the Russell Museum and the historic Fort Benton, learn how the American frontier influenced the art of colorful cowboy artist C.M. Russell.
  • With a local member of the Blackfeet Nation to instruct you, learn the customs and traditions of the Plains Indians and take a field trip to the largest buffalo jump in America.
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Donald P. Fish
Donald P. Fish is from the Southern Pikuni, one of the four tribes of the Blackfeet Nation Confederacy. Don is an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University College of Technology in the Native American studies program. He has worked as a chemical dependency counselor and is currently a consultant for the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Don prefers to be known as a traditionalist, one who actively practices the traditions of his people.
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