Montana is rich in Native American history and heritage. Today, Montana has seven federally recognized Indian reservations, along with a state recognized reservation Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The federally recognized reservations are; Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Crow Tribe of the Crow Reservation, Fort Belknap Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation, Fort Peck Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. A part of Clark the Carver’s family is of the Little Shell Chippewa Cree also known as the ‘landless tribe’.
Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings would like to share some interesting facts regarding these eight Native American tribes and reservations.
Blackfeet Nation Tribe: In the 1730’s French fur traders observed the local people had recently traveled by foot through prairie fires and referred to them as pen wa, the French word for black foot. The French took note of the blackened bottoms of the indigenous people’s moccasins. Traditional Blackfeet elders have maintained that they have always been here, and with expert archeologists discovering evidence of their people near St. Mary’s River drainage dating over 13,000 years, many are starting to take the elders words quite literally.
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation: In 1934, they were the first tribe to take advantage of the terms of the Indian Reorganization Act with the promise of genuine authority over lands under their jurisdiction. Though many other tribes asked for them to join them in war, they never fought against the United States. Louis Charlo, the great grandson of Chief Charlo was part of the original flag raising that took place in Iwo Jima. Louis was a marine, and due to heroism he inspired many to take part in the military. Charlo was killed nearly two weeks later being shot while attempting to rescue a fellow marine. In Pablo, Montana a stone etching of Charlo is near tribal headquarters.
Crow Tribe Facts: History claims the Crow descended from people known as the Hidatsa and they lived in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Crow split from them heading westward and settling in Montana, where they would divide again. One group were the Mountain Crow and the second were the River Crow. Like many of the various plain Indians, the Crow lived in teepees, which were easily broken down and rebuilt in an effort to follow the buffalo.
Fort Belknap Tribal Council: The Assiniboine tribe and Gros Ventre tribe live on this reservation. To the Chippewa tribe, the Assiniboine where known as those who cook with stone. They become allied with the Cree. Oral history dictates that they originated from The Lake of the Woods and The Lake of Winnipeg area in Canada. The Gros Ventre were one of the last few tribes to settle in Montana. When they had early contact with the whites in 1754, small pox dissipated their numbers.
Fort Peck Tribes: Assiniboine and Sioux tribes are located in the Fort Peck Reservation. The Sioux greatly resisted the encroachment. Sioux were the largest Native American tribes and consisted of three divisions; Lakota Sioux, the Dakota Sioux and the Nakota Sioux. The Lakota Sioux were the major threats and fighters to the US Army during the Sioux Wars. The Dakota Sioux where known for their knife makers and the Nakota Sioux was the smaller division and they were the Keepers of the Sacred Pipestone.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe History: Roman Nose was one of the respected and idolized warriors during the Plains War in the 1860’s. Though he was never a chief, he was often mistaken for one. His large stature and commanding presence often made him stand out.
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation: Chief Asiniiwin of the Chippewa’s is Stone Child translated in English, a poor translation was given and he was known as Rocky Boy, now named for the reservation. Following Rocky Boy was the Cree chief, Chief Little Bear who was instrumental in gaining tribal recognition on the Flathead reservation.
Custom Chainsaw Carved Bears & Other Animals & Figures in Las Vegas Nevada and Stemple Pass Montana
As mentioned above, a part of Clark the Carver‘s family is Little Shell Chippewa/Chippewa Cree. In honor of Chief Little Bear, carving bears is dear to Clark’s heart and one of his specialties. Honey bears, cowboy bears, bear benches, mantels and lamps are but a few of the bear inspired items we offer. Call us today for your very own bear or other chainsaw carved art or to give as a gift.