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Photo: Timothy Rockhold

Myths of the Night Sky............................................................... 4

Kids Explore Hands-on Science at CATS................................ 20

The Sun is Big............................................................................... 6

My 6 Favorite Wind River Country Hikes.............................. 23

Road Trip: Boysen Reservoir Trail........................................... 9

Local Casino Information........................................................... 26

Dubois Cutthroat Meet the Royal Bavarian Fishing Team... 12

Wind River Country Map............................................................ 27

In the Footsteps: Answering Jefferson’s Mandate in Broze........................................................................................... 16

Calendar of Events....................................................................... 29

WIND RIVER VISITORS COUNCIL is focused on encouraging tourism to the unique destinations of Fremont County. They employ many different methods of outreach, including the websites and They have graciously allowed us to pull some of the exciting and useful stories off these websites. Be sure to visit them, and plug “Notes from the Field” into the search bar to find more real life experiences from Casey Adams. - Casey Adams loves writing about the wonders, adventures and characters of Wyoming’s Wind River Country. As communications manager for the Wind River Visitors Council, she pursues her passions of writing, swimming in cold bodies of water, and biking or running around the mountains.

Cover Photo: by Timothy Rockhold

Once again TIMOTHY ROCKHOLD brings to us his eye for capturing the beauty of Wind River Country. We are grateful for his contribution of stunning Boysen Reservoir photographs. You can find Tim’s work displayed at the Little Wind Casino in Ethete and the Middlefork in Lander. The Wind River Gallery, Main St in Riverton carries his work.

RANGER PUBLICATIONS, with newspapers in Riverton, Lander and the Wind River Indian Reservation, is the parent company to Wind River Country Magazine. Various people throughout the organization are involved in the publication process, including the following: - Cathy Cline writes a bit, takes a few pictures and manages the magazine operation. - Stacey Bennett is the primary marketing representative to WRC advertisers. We thank her for bringing the business community into these pages and encourage readers to stop in at any of these businesses, even if just to say hi! And to MISTY WEIDEMANN, our gratitude for her graphic inspirations.

JACKIE DOROTHY is a national awardwinning author of children’s books, blogger and marketing director for the Wind River Hotel & Casino. She considers herself both a student, and conservator of Northern Arapaho culture. You will find more legends like the one found here at

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Myths of the

Night Sky Art: Cathy Cline

By Jackie Dorothy, The old Arapaho looked to the night sky and named many of the fixed stars above them. They explained that the comets were stars with tails and told stories to explain the stars’ significance. The three stars in linear position in Orion were thought to be “three buffalos in a row.” When they were in the west, the Arapaho knew that dawn was near. In 1876, the Arapaho Indian Scout, Wolf Moccasin, told Captain William Philo Clark that the Milky Way was the path taken to the afterlife by warriors killed in battle. “They believed that after death they went to the land of the rising sun; this land was far way beyond and below all mountains, a level country near the ocean. An Arapaho killed in battle did not have to travel over this long road, or rather, the road of the warriors killed in battle (Milky Way).” Clark, 1885 The Milky Way has an Arapaho legend tied to a race to the death between a young horse and a young buffalo bull. It was recorded in Oklahoma in 1893 by Albert

Gatschet, the Swiss-American ethnologist who was a pioneer in the field of Native American languages. Many of the details are significant such as the color of victory is black and youth is said to be impetuous and prone to poor decision-making in traditional Arapaho culture. “A black bob-tailed horse raced with a young buffalo bull. If this buffalo wins, the horse will always be eaten. And if the black bobtailed horse wins, the buffalo will be consumed. The black bobtailed horse won. That long white streak across the night sky is where he came running through. And that streak above which turns off to the side, that’s where the buffalo came running through. When he was beaten, he ran off to the side.” Some Arapaho versions of this popular story state that the Milky Way is made up of the dust raised by their running hooves.

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Milky Way Below is the Myth of the Milky Way told in the Arapaho language. Special thanks to Professor Andrew Cowell and Arapaho Elders Alonzo Moss and William C’Hair for providing this story and the significance of the details. Ni’hwatä´n washî´nit hiwa´xāx ni’hnanü’hti´wat waxathöü. Nih-wo’téén-wo’ošííni-t hiwóxhoox nih-nonouhtííw-oot wooxo3ou’u. A black bob-tailed horse raced with a young buffalo bull. Nihî-îthi-ihî´thine´nna nähä-i´theinan haye´hak hatetcha´nibinît hithēina´n. Nih-‘ii-3i’ hihíí3inén-no’, nehe’ híí3einoon hoyéí-hok, hoot-tecó’oni-biini-t hii3einóón. The Indians said, if this buffalo wins, the horse will always be eaten. Na’hwotä´nwash haye´hak hi´thena atna´tawit. noh wo’téénwo’oš hoyéí-hok, híí3einoon hootnó-ótoowu-t. And if the black bobtailed horse wins, the buffalo will be consumed. Watä´nwash ni’ha-a´yēt. Wo’téén-wo’oš nih-‘óyei-t. The black bobtailed horse won. He´nni ä´ya nitchä´binaka´-eti nänihīthkāt, Híni’ hééyoo-‘ nii-cébi-nookó’eti-‘, ne’=nih-‘ii3koohut, That long white streak across the night sky is where he came running through, nahĕ´ni nitchäbä tcheneiwa´tä nä-ni-î´thikahǐt hi´theino. Noh híni’ hihcebe’ ceneiwóótee-‘, ne’=nih-‘íí3koohu-t híí3einoon. And that streak above which turns off to the side, that’s where the buffalo came running through.  Tiha-ayathät ni’htchebixtchähit. Tih-‘oyoo3ee-t, nihceibíhcehi-t. When he was beaten, he ran off to the side.



HELP MAKE A MOVIE WORTHY OF BIG-NESS This composite image above shows the solar corona, which is an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and extends millions of miles into space. The red section was viewed from space, acquired by the sun-orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The blue part of the image is taken from the Total Solar Eclipse – a photo taken from the ground, with the central pupil created by the bright sun covered by a comparatively dark moon. This portion of the corona shown in blue, is only viewable, during a solar eclipse. It is this area scientists will study using photos derived from the MegaMovie project. Credit: Nasa, Daily Mail

By Katie Roengk, The Ranger You’re a solar scientist. You’ve got 2 ½ minutes to get as many good total eclipse photographs as you can in order to study every minute detail of the sun’s corona within the shot. But there’s so much more information you need. There must be a better way! THERE IS. Area residents and eclipse visitors are invited to join in a first-ofits-kind citizen science project, gathering scientifically valuable data from the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. Google has teamed up with The University of California, Berkeley to create an Eclipse Megamovie using photographs taken along the Path of Totality, of which nearly all of Wind River Country will be within, during the big event. Once all of the photographs taken across the breadth of the U.S. are collected, project organizers will combine the images to create 1.5-hour worth of eclipse data – and that’s an Eclipse MegaMovie.


The photo-project isn’t only for fun

(although it will be) – the end product will provide scientists with information about the sun’s corona. The corona is the sun’s outer atmosphere, which is impossible to see at the sun’s full light, but visible during a total eclipse when the moon blocks the bright sun core. It will appear as “a pearly white crown surrounding the sun,” NASA says, with features including streamers, plumes and loops, even a diamond ring. “These features change from eclipse to eclipse and the overall shape of the corona changes with the (11 year) sunspot cycle,” NASA’s website states. “However, during the few fleeting minutes of Totality few, if any, changes are seen in these coronal features.” Telescopes currently in space, such as STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) and SOHO (The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) take regular photographs of the sun but are unable to visualize much of the corona. The photos taken during the August 21 eclipse will help fill out the information. 6

Corona study allows us to improve our knowledge of the sun’s influence on the Earth’s upper atmosphere. According to Google’s website, “By stitching together thousands of real-time images taken along the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse, we will have a unique treasuretrove of information on how the corona changes over time. Radio-wave studies have allowed us to closely observe very rapid variations of the corona, but now we expect to study such processes directly using visible light and thus enrich our knowledge of the Sun’s dynamic atmosphere considerably.” Data from the project will also be made available publicly and help scientists around the globe study the corona for years to come. “Furthermore, we will have an opportunity to repeat this experiment when another total eclipse crosses the U.S. in 2024. This (MegaMovie project) will show how the Sun changes over a few hours, but also how it’s different after a period of seven years,” states the website.


About 1,500 volunteers are needed for a successful Eclipse MegaMovie. Any photographers – amateurs or professionals – are encouraged to participate. Basic equipment necessary includes a digital single lens reflex camera with a telephoto or zoom lens with a focal length of at least 300 millimeters, a stable and level tripod, and the ability to identify GPS coordinates and time to the nearest second. Participants will receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse. Qualifying photographers will receive pins that designate them as official project members. Their names will also be included in the credits of the final Eclipse MegaMovie. Cell phone photos will be accepted and shared, and allow more citizens to appreciate the science of an eclipse, although will not be a part of the movie. For more information visit EclipseMega.Movie. Photographers will find the FAQ at the bottom of the page very helpful and specific. To participate, log in with a Google profile, select a location and identify available equipment. Select “apply” then fill out an application.


The Moon looks almost exactly the same size as the Sun in the sky. This similarity is coincidental. The Sun is 400 times wider than the Moon but it is also 400 times further away, so the two cover the same sized area from our point of view on Earth. This incredible coincidence makes a solar eclipse, as we know it, possible. Graphic courtesy of Eclipse Megamovie 2017, University of Berkeley Multiverse and Google Making & Science.

The Total Solar Eclipse is a terrific opportunity to peak your child, grandchild or friend’s interest in science. CWC and The Ranger hope to help you do that with the Student’s Guide to Eclipse Science that will publish May 7. Students in grades 3 through 5 will find the guide at their school, while others will find it inserted in The Ranger, Lander Journal and Wind River News. In addition to the Eclipse, the guide covers topics such as observing the earth from space, and clouds from the earth, how to build a pocket solar system, imagining possible life in space, and astrobiology along with oceans and ice in the far universe. The guide will be filled with lots of simple, hands-on activities, provided by NISEnet, the National Informal STEM Education Network. Call The Ranger after May 15 if you would like to receive an additional copy of the guide, 307-856-2244. It will also be available digitally at along with Wind River Country magazines.




The Boysen Reservoir Trail

Find Map on Page 27

For those with a penchant for fishing and prehistoric geology, the Boysen Reservoir Trail can’t be missed.   Explore the wonders of the area: IT ALL STARTS IN SHOSHONI

Shoshoni, on the northern edge of Wind River Country, was established in 1904. The town has gone through several boom and bust cycles from oil and gas exploration and today is our gateway town to Boysen Reservoir and the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway. Shoshoni lies in a high basin rimmed by the rugged Bridger and Owl Creek mountains to the north and the Wind River Range on the far western horizon. The surrounding country speaks of difficulty: Badwater Creek, Poison Creek and Tough Creek. At the same time, it has a stark beauty that beckons exploration. Bring your fishing rod and license for the Boysen Reservoir. At 19,500 acres, the reservoir is one of the largest in the state. It provides excellent fishing for walleye and rainbow trout, particularly in the spring. Other species of sport fish include cutthroat trout, brown trout, sauger, perch, crappie, ling (an odd looking member of the cod family), largemouth bass and lake trout.

FISH & CAMP BOYSEN RESERVOIR STATE PARK Boysen Reservoir was built in 1951 to provide irrigation water to 100,000 acres of farmland. The lake and surrounding shoreline were designated a state park 5 years later. The Wind River flows north here before it meets the dam and Wind River Canyon. You’ll find a marina with boat rentals and fishing licenses or you can pickup a fishing license from any number of businesses in Shoshoni. For information contact Boysen State Park (307-876-2796), located 13 miles north of Shoshoni on Highway 20. To get to the western shore of the reservoir, drive towards Riverton on Hwy. 26/789 five miles west from Shoshoni to West Shoreline Drive, where signs will guide you to campgrounds and boat ramps. If you don’t mind driving on gravel roads, take West Shoreline Drive Loop 1 to several campgrounds, then back out to the main paved road a mile west of South Muddy Campground. You can also explore Cottonwood Bay, a popular arm of the reservoir where boaters enjoy water skiing and fishing and you can spread out a blanket on the sand beach and soak in some sun. Along your way, keep an eye 9

peeled for antelope and raptors that live in this rugged high desert country. To the north lie the Owl Creek Mountains, part of the sprawling Wind River Indian Reservation. You’ll want to spend some time fishing from the rocky shoreline, or taking a walk through the desert. You can also fish Lake Cameahwait (also known as Bass Lake) located just off the West Shoreline Drive. West Shoreline Drive Loop 2 will take you back out to the paved road and you can drive back south to catch Hwy. 26 for a return to Shoshoni. Then, from Shoshoni, turn left at the only major intersection, the junction of of Hwys 20 and 26, driving north on Hwy. 20. You may be faced with a tough decision – water or rocks? Or both? On your water (left) side, as you drive the 14 miles to Boysen Dam, you will pass a three of pull offs that will take you to great water recreation areas. First stop is

Copper Mountain is east of Boysen Reservoir.

Tough Creek campground, built on a spit extended into the lake, provides lots of water access for all. The next campground headed north is Tamarask and then Bannon, between the two lies the marina offering food, supplies, fishing licenses, etc. All of these offer camping, picnic tables, water access and boat ramps, restrooms, children’s playgrounds and more. To enjoy the second option – rocks you’ll head east (right) on any one of a few roads – Booneville or Tough Creek, turning north on Quin Sabe or Bird’s Eye Rd. Bird’s Eye heads east then curves north, or you can take it to Copper Mountain Road and on up into the mountain for some great rock formations and beautiful scenery. In various places throughout this area, keep your eyes peeled to the ground to find many kinds of fossils and minerals from banded iron, tiger eye, quartz and mica sheets to pegmatites (pegmatites can house other gemstones within them) and more. A great guide for the area is offered back in

Lower Wind River Upper Wind River

Riverton at Rock Solid on Main St. Grab the book Wyoming Rockhounding; it’s filled with maps and directions and advice on the “big finds.”


Back on Hwy 20, headed north to the Dam and the next leg of your journey, explore the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway. This is where the Wind River begins carving down through rock to form the canyon. You’ll find two cottonwood shaded campgrounds on the north side of the dam – the Upper and Lower Wind River campgrounds with great facilities as well as some of the best brown trout fishing in the country. Enjoy the canyon geology as the river slices its way through formations from the Triassic period (208-245 million years old) to the Precambrian period (570-2900 million years old). There are only five places in the world where you can travel through 500 million years of geologic time, two in the United States. You’ll find

Brannon & Marina Tamarask

Birds Eye Rd Tough Creek

Cottonwood Bay Lake Cameahwait

Booneville Rd

Fremont Bay


Wind River

Boysen State Park Campgrounds

Copper Mountain

one of those opportunities in the Grand Canyon, and the other here in Wind River Canyon. Road signs mark the geologic passage. If you drive the length of the canyon, it’s an additional 14 miles to Wedding of the Waters. Here is where the name of the Wind River changes to the Big Horn River. This conundrum was created by explorers mapping the U.S. Those mapping areas of Wyoming started at its source and named the river for the mountains from which it came. Those mapping areas of Montana and the Yellowstone River, named it the Big Horn, not knowing until later that the two rivers were the same. Thus, the names are wed at Wedding of the Waters. You can turn around here and head back to Shoshoni. Or you can continue on to the town a Thermopolis which is a whole new adventure. Here you can schedule a high intensity white water raft trip through the canyon, visit a world famous dinosaur museum and dig, or relax in the hot mineral-infused waters of the state park. As you head back into Wind River Country, don’t forget to stop to fish in the river at the base of the dam. The river here provides some of the best fishing in the area and you may hook into trophysized walleye, rainbow or brown trout. Your Wyoming fishing license is valid downstream however a portion of the river is within Wind River Indian Reservation land, so an additional Reservation fishing permit is needed in those areas.

Boysen History Asmus Boysen had a dream and a fortune. To power his dream, he built a dam using mule teams near where the first highway tunnel bores its way into Wind River Canyon. The year was 1908 and Boysen used the dam to produce 710 kilowatts of power for his copper and gold mine on nearby Copper Mountain. The dam produced the power well enough, but there was a problem. The lake that formed behind the dam flooded the railroad tracks. Mighty Burlington Northern sued Boysen to remove the dam. Boysen lost the lawsuit, his fortune, his dam and his dream. The dam came down, though concrete abutments are still visible along the river. If you stop off to have a picnic lunch beneath the stately cottonwood trees at Upper or Lower Wind River Campgrounds, thank that dreaming Dutch immigrant Asmus Boysen for the shade. His dam created enough silt for the cottonwoods to get a toehold on the rocky shores of the river. SAVE THE DATE 22nd Annual Don Layton Memorial Antique Engine and Tractor Show Saturday, June 10 • Events begin at East Park on Saturday, June 10th at 10 am. Bring the whole family to the free tractor show to see steam engines and antique tractors. The event is sponsored by the Wind River Flywheelers. SCHEDULE Saturday 10 am Tractor Drive, 11:30-1:30 Live Music, 1 pm Auction, 1:30 Tractor Pull, SUNDAY 10 am Tractor Drive, 11 am Tractor Pull, 2 pm Raffle Drawing .



Dubois’ Cutthroat Trout Meet the

ROYAL BAVARIAN FISHING TEAM Written by Eva Geigl, translated from German by Bayard Fox of Bitterroot Ranch The Sign at the Royal Fishing shop in Bavaria reads: Welcome to Royal Flyfishing: He who is not familiar with fly fishing thinks it’s just like any old hobby, like many other leisure time pursuits. Those who love fishing with flies, nymphs, or streamers know better: fly fishing is a passion offering a wonderful connection with nature: the chance to absorb the light, the smells and the sounds of the river. One can use this inner strength in one’s own life and thereby enrich associations with others. This state (Wyoming) lies in the northwest and is known worldwide for its famous Yellowstone Park. Wyoming is about 100,000 square miles, 70-percent the size of Germany and it only has 570,000 inhabitants. As a European, one cannot imagine these dimensions; one has to experience them. Many fly fishermen around the world would like the chance to catch indigenous cutthroat trout, which is better protected in Wyoming than anywhere in the U.S.

These native trout live in Wind River Country in dream-like, unspoiled rivers and streams. Their markings: two red-orange sword-shaped stripes left and right on a white throat, hence the name—cutthroat. In addition to these indigenous trout there are rainbows, brook trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish (belonging to the salmonid family). Fly fishing on the East Fork of the Wind River, the Wiggins Fork, and the Wind River, the same flies used in Bavaria broadened the diet of Wyoming’s cutthroat trout. FISHING THE EAST FORK OF THE WIND RIVER The East Fork rises in the Absaroka Mountains and flows south where it joins the Wind River between Dubois and Crowheart. The exact length of the river is hard to measure because of its many meanderings, but it must be at least 30 miles in length. To fish the upper reaches 12

of the river we followed a dirt road which runs through the Bitterroot Ranch, enters the adjoining Shoshone National Forest, and climbs around a steep gorge before rejoining the river a few miles farther. Only intrepid and agile fishermen attempt to wade in the gorge which has thousand foot cliffs on either side and many slippery rocks and boulders. The distance around by road is quite short, but the drive can be difficult and it takes 20-25 minutes. On entering the national forest one sees signs giving clear warnings that encounters are possible with grizzly bears here. Therefore, it is a good idea to always keep pepper spray handy, to stay alert, and to look ahead from time to time as you walk along the stream. Pine forests line the banks of the river. Bushes and juicy grasses color the area near the river in rich green, and aside from the whisper of the rushing water all is quiet. Brightly colored wildflowers like red Indian Paintbrush bloom beside the river. One can see only unspoiled nature

and on the horizon are the Absaroka Mountains which tower over 13,000 feet. After the road rejoins the river above the gorge, a wide valley, known as the East Fork Basin, opens up which continues on for another eight miles. Here it has more the character of a meadow stream and makes many beautiful bends. Above this point there are trout pools up to 4 feet deep at every curve in the river. At 8,500 feet the average size of the fish is not huge, but the numbers are enormous. Despite the high altitude (in Europe we would call this a high mountain region), the bug life is prolific so that the fish are well nourished. Every fish has great strength and dives immediately after being hooked. Mayflies size 12-14 worked well, as did various nymphs and streamers. Sand flats along the river showed tracks of wolf, bear, and moose. The moose tracks were even larger than our hands. We fished for several miles upstream and easily found our way back to the trail and our car late in the afternoon. We were never anxious, but we did stay alert. FISHING SUCCESS AT BITTERROOT RANCH Our next fishing adventure was at Bitterroot ranch itself and began at the cliffs at the lower end. From there we fished up three miles or so to the beginning of the upper gorge where wading becomes difficult. The water here has a mountainous character with many wonderful terraces. This stretch of water gave us the perfect cutthroat trout dream. One can hardly describe how many trout this stretch of water holds—you just have to revel in it. At 7,500 feet we found wonderful cutthroats up to over 20 inches, which very gladly made wild runs down stream. Therefore, you need a leader of at least 0.16 mm. These trout have tiny teeth on their jaws top and bottom and drag the leader across them so that one should always check the tippet after each fish is released. Deer hair flies are especially effective, but are quickly damaged by these teeth when so many are caught. It was noteworthy how many flies were worn out by these voracious trout. A 5 weight rod is recommended to handle these powerful fish, especially where the current is strong. Shortly before the steep canyon, beyond which wading is very difficult, the river widens a bit with deeper pools and the banks get steeper. This was our favorite place and we did not want to leave. After so many successes and a thousand different impressions from these wild surroundings and now with the formidable “gateway” to the upper gorge in sight, we sat down grateful and humbled by this awe-inspiring spectacle of nature. We now turned our attention to our lunch bag, forgotten for hours, and enjoyed a splendid feast. Although in a pool under us a large cutthroat was very active, we did not offer it a fly since just watching this elegant fish was pleasure enough. Eventually we left the river and followed a narrow horse trail which took us back to the ranch after a half hour walk. The memories of this day will be with us for the rest of our lives.

FISHING ON THE WIGGINS FORK The Wiggins Fork is a western tributary of the East Fork which rises in the Absaroka Range below Wiggins Peak and flows south to join the East Fork and the Wind River. It must be at least 31 miles long. It has a wide river bed with gravel, meadows, swampy areas and forest. The small arms of the river in the meadows are full of countless tiny fish just hatched (cutthroat and rainbow spawn in the spring). The main stream is marked by runs of fast water interspersed with quieter pools which are often 50 yards or so in length. We took a little access trail through sage brush bushes where there were even some small cactus growing. We waded to the other side and began casting dry flies to the pool below the steep bank. Soon we could hardly count the number of rises we had, but to our wonderment, we couldn’t hook a single fish. What could be going on? After over an hour and changing flies many times the result was always the same. Rise after rise and no fish. Finally, a nymph solved the puzzle although the first strike resulted in such a violent, powerful run that we lost the fish. Whatever it was, it was big. The next strike resulted in catching a large mountain whitefish and it became clear to us that these whitefish apparently wanted our flies, but in the swift current, could not get them into their mouths properly. The nymphs were very successful and when hooked the fish made fantastically exciting runs. Later in swift 13

water above the long pool I caught the first brown trout on a deer hair fly. We will not forget the learning hours about mountain whitefish we had on the Wiggins. FISHING THE WIND BELOW DUBOIS The source of the river is on Togwotee Pass at Wind River Lake. It flows on along highway 26 through Wind River Country and beyond to empty into the 20-mile-long Boysen Reservoir. From there it flows north through the Wind River Canyon where it changes its name to the Big Horn. This canyon can be fished by boat or on foot and is one of the best brown trout fisheries in America. We headed down Hwy 26 just below Dubois where the Wind River passes beneath the sheer red cliffs of the Painted Hills. There are several public parking places with access to stretches of the river. Fishermen are allowed to move close to the river, but it can be difficult to move up and down stream without crossing private land. It was clear to us that there was considerable fishing pressure near the public parking areas because most fishermen using the main highway go no more than 150 yards from their cars. We started to catch rainbows and browns after walking only 200 yards. We parked near Jakey’s Fork and walked to a small stream that joins the Wind River. Half way down we came across a whitetail 14

deer which sipped some water and disappeared in the bushes. Once we arrived we were busy catching cutthroat, rainbow, and small brown trout. Because of its size, depth, and strong current, the Wind River is not that easy to fish. In many spots long casts were necessary to reach the most likely places. During the day we saw few trout rising and not many insects flying. Flies about size 12 produced no strikes. We had, however observed many large terrestrials like grasshoppers, beetles, and ants along the shore. Only when we tried dragging deer hair hoppers and beetles 10, 8, and 6 did we find the trout could not resist them and they attacked voraciously. REFLECTIONS ON THE WIND Our stay in the midst of the wilderness on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park gave us a countless number of happy moments which we never would have thought possible. All our expectations were far surpassed! While fishing for the native and protected Yellowstone cutthroat trout one’s soul becomes free of all stress. One adapts to this unspoiled wilderness and feels a part of it. The sheer, endless vastness of the mountain scenery with its spectacular geological formations and colors, the natural environment for flora and fauna, the giant forests and overwhelming beauty of the flowing rivers full of trout humble everyone; not only fly fishermen. One holds so much more inside that photographs cannot convey.

Any fishermen who have the chance to visit here for a fly fishing adventure is going to regret having too short a stay; even the 90-day tourist visa for foreigners allows too short a time. Farewell was downright difficult. Editor’s Note: This story was substantially edited to accommodate space constraints. For the complete tale go to

Photos and flies for this story were provided by Lander Fly Shop, Main St in Lander. Find supplies and expert guide services from Kyle Wagoner (see ad page 19).

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In the Footsteps:

Answering Jefferson’s Mandate in

Bronze Crediting the tribes critical to the Corps of Discovery success.


Clatsop Mother & Baby, 1805

By Casey Adams, Over 200 years ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on “a monumental epic in the history of the U.S.,” as described by Fort Washakie sculptor R.V. Greeves. In the other direction on America’s timeline, Greeves thinks he’d be able to complete every artistic idea in his head about 300 years from now. In the near middle of this history—where we are today—Greeves is in the throes of producing art that complements the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Greeves explains that in the centuries since Lewis and Clark returned from the Corps of Discovery venture across the burgeoning nation, scientists and historians have been doing the same, and act called editing. “What I’m doing is editing the journals with sculptural work, which has never been done before,” Greeves explains. The focus of this project—his primary focus in the studio—is the Native American Indians encountered by the Corps of Discovery, most of whom had never witnessed a white person prior to the years of this expedition. “That was the purest time to ever see the American Indian,” Greeves reflects. His “In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark” collection, now up to more than 50 bronzes, represents those moments and interactions. Through historical research, Greeves is learning and sculpting each of the tribes the expedition encountered, from the plains to the Coast. 17

Mandan Man, Winter 1804-1805

R. V. Greeves work can be found in museums and galleries across the nation.

Oto Missouri Man, August 1804

Assiniboin Man, Winter 1804-1805

NI-VI-KON-SKA Osage, 1803

“They basically touched all groups of people in this country [at that time] except the southwest Indians, of course,” Greeves explains. Many of his Native subjects weren’t just witnessed. They assisted the researchers on their mission. The people Greeves sculpts were instrumental in the success of the expedition. Lewis and Clark and their team found themselves in challenging situations numerous times across what would become the United States, and it was often Natives who helped them persevere. “The Indians played a bigger part in it than history has given them the credit for. Without them, the expedition would have failed,” Greeves declared. A key element of the success of the expedition was the collection of information, as mandated by President Thomas Jefferson. The scientific mission was designed to collect extensive data from the across the continent and return it to Jefferson. The team returned with may materials and journals, of course, but Clark and others have spent lifetimes analyzing the field notes. “It was such a monumental undertaking there becomes no end to the project,” Greeves explains. Now a part of that undertaking for several decades, Fort Washakie’s resident sculptor, himself raised in Missouri, has every intention of upholding the tradition of dedicating one’s life work to Lewis and Clark’s charge. “I’m going to work on it until I die,” he declared in response to the question of how many pieces his “In the Footsteps” collection will ultimately include. 18

Hidatsa, January 1805

Many of Greeve’s pieces can be found in museums and exhibits across the very continent he continues to help Lewis and Clark describe. Many reside in his gallery in Fort Washakie, which is open by appointment. Greeves has sculpted extensively beyond his edits of Lewis and Clark’s journals, almost exclusively of Native American subjects. “I’ve only lived among Indians my whole life. I don’t know anything different,” he offers. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he moved to Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation as a young man. He has been creating art from the heart of the Reservation for about 60 years now. Though he hasn’t found a way to extend his time in Fort Washakie by another 300 years, Greeves has found a way to extend the understanding and presence of the people who called these mountains home well before he was born.


Absaroka Man, Winter 1804-1805

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By Casey Adams, Traveling opens doors to great lessons, and the doors to the Central Wyoming Center for Art, Technology and Science (CATS) are in the heart of Wyoming’s Wind River Country. The facility’s doors opened to curious minds of all ages in 2014, a testament to the community of Riverton. Nance Shelsta, one of the museum’s founders, attributes everything that lies behind those doors to people who call Riverton home. “It’s been a community effort and variety of individuals from the community have come forth to build exhibits, do the artwork, and help continue to support the exhibits,” she glowed. Nance rattled off a long list of locals who have created musical displays, built interactive exhibits, painted, and more. These custom-designed contributions are housed in the nine S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math, with additional arts) learning areas that comprise CATS. The often-changing exhibits are all built on the foundational belief that children learn through play.

“The whole focus is on unstructured play,” Shelsta explained. “Kids find things that interest them and there’s not a right or wrong way to do it.” This approach encourages creative and critical thinking skills. On top of that, CATS invites parents and guardians. The interaction between children and adults builds language skills and ensures fun for all, particularly mid-road trip through the Wild West of Wyoming. Adults and families are such an essential element of the CATS experience that Shelsta had a bit of trouble defining which age group could enjoy the experience more. Though most experiences are designed for pre-school and early elementary students, some exhibits are more appropriate for older elementary-age children and beyond, like the new circuitry systems. “The [gravity wall] and gear wall I’ve seen a lot of dads spend a lot of time at,” Shelsta laughed, adding that a college kid came in one day and told her he could spend all day at the marble drop exhibit. CATS is located off Main Street in Riverton, worth the diversion from your 20

CATS route through Wind River Country. Shelsta has no trouble imagining its programs enriching a family vacation. “You could easily spend an hour or more—the kids would have a good time and parents would have a respite from having them in car seats and seatbelts,” Shelsta described. “I just think it’s a wonderful family venue.” Stop by and stretch your legs and mind with your family, too: 120 S 3rd Street in Riverton. Find online at or on facebook at Central Wyoming Children’s Center for Art, Technology, & Science.

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My 6 Favorite Wind River Country Hikes

Shelli Johnson’s sons leading the way to Lake Louise. Story and Photos by Shelli Johnson, Hi. My name is Shelli Johnson, and I love to hike. When I was just 3 years old, my parents moved us from Iowa to Lander, Wyoming. Nothing against Iowa, but I consider this one of the greatest gifts my parents have given me. Why, you ask? Visit, or enjoy even a single hike in Wind River Country and you’ll understand why it’s such a great gift to live here. Hiking plays a part in just about everything I do. As a family, we spend most weekends in the summer and fall hiking the local trails. Jerry, my husband of 24 years, and I have gone on many hiking dates. Some of our favorite day hikes are: Stough Creek Basin, Smith, Middle and Cathedral Lakes, Island and Thumb lakes in Silas Canyon, Lake Louise, and anything on the Middle Fork Trail, which starts at Bruce’s Bridge at the end of Sinks Canyon, and takes us all the way to Wind River Peak. In fact, my most epic day hike in the Wind River Range was on my birthday one year. I asked Jerry if “for my birthday present” he would hike Wind River Peak in a day with me. That was an epic day, and an unforgettable birthday gift that was hard-earned to say the least. Almost to the top of the tall mountain, Jerry remarked he wished I would have asked for expensive jewelry instead. We started

hiking at 3:30am, and hiked 16 miles to the top of Wind River Peak, the tallest peak in the southern Wind River Range, only to turn around and return.

follow this road to the very end. Keep an eye out for Dinwoody petroglyphs as there are many in the area visible from or near the road. To Hike to Lake Louise: It’s about 2.5 miles to Lake Louise, 5 miles roundtrip.

STOUGH CREEK BASIN (13 miles roundtrip):

Trailhead: Worthen Meadows. To Roaring Fork Pass: 4.5 miles/9 miles round-trip To first of the Stough Creek Basin lakes: 6.5 miles/13 miles round-trip.

SILAS CANYON (including Lower Silas

Fin, Hayden and Wolf Johnson, posing with their dog, Buddy, in front of Lake Louise. Following is a very short list of my personal favorite day hikes in Wind River Country:

LAKE LOUISE (5 miles roundtrip):

Trailhead: Glacier Trail. Approximately 4 miles south of Dubois, on Hwy 26/287. Take a left onto Fish Hatchery Road. The road immediately forks; stay left and 23

Lake, Upper Silas Lake, Island Lake, and Thumb Lake) Trailhead: Christina Lake Trailhead, just past Fiddler Lake, when approaching from Lander, WY. (It takes about 45 minutes to drive from Lander, WY, up the switchbacks and to the Christina Lake Trailhead.)

Lower Silas Lake: It’s about 2 miles to Lower Silas Lake, 4 miles roundtrip. Our three sons, from very

young ages, have enjoyed this hike with us. It’s a pretty mountain lake that we always seem to have to ourselves. We’ve caught a lot of brook trout here, nothing big, but the catching is pretty good in our experience. I think most people pass right by this lake, en

route to Upper Silas Lake. From the main trail, you might not see Lower Silas Lake, unless you’re looking for it. The first mile is a nice forested trail with some small ups and downs before reaching a trail junction, where you can head left toward Christina Lake, or head right toward Upper Silas, Island and Thumb lakes. Stay right at the junction and continue. Another mile or mile and a half up the trail, you see a cairn and hear Silas Creek to your right. To go to Lower Silas Lake, stay left and continue straight and down the trail toward Lower Silas Lake, which you should be able to see.

UPPER SILAS LAKE: It’s about 3 miles from the trailhead to Upper Silas Lake, 6 miles roundtrip. If Upper Silas Lake is

your destination, you go right, and cross Silas Creek, then stay right again. Hike through forest and up the rolling trail for about another mile before arriving at Upper Silas Lake. Upper Silas Lake offers great fishing. Last year on Jerry’s and my anniversary, we took the boys on a hiking and fishing trip to Silas. Between the five of us we caught about 18 trout in an hour. We released them all, but it was quite a day. Upper Silas Lake is set beautifully amidst pine forest and a granite mountain.

ISLAND LAKE: It’s about 5 miles to Island Lake from the trailhead, 10 miles roundtrip. From Upper Silas

Lake, continue around the shore of Upper Silas Lake on a nice trail that winds up and through the forest for another 1.5 miles or so before reaching Island Lake. Island Lake is beautiful! We always see fish – and big fish at that – but we’re seldom able to trick them into biting our line. Island Lake is so named because there’s an small island with trees on it in the middle. This is a great destination because you can sit on granite slabs that slide into the lake in many places, and there are granite mountains all around you. It’s also a great camping destination. We’ve spent Labor Day weekend here with the kids on a couple of occasions.

THUMB LAKE: It’s about 6 miles to Thumb Lake from the trailhead, 12 miles roundtrip. Thumb Lake is

just a mile or so above Island Lake, and it’s worth the extra effort to see it. It is a beautiful lake! Anglers: There are golden trout in Thumb Lake. We caught our first on a day hike last summer. It was spectacular. 24

Shelli Johnson, owner of Epic Life, is an entrepreneur, life and leadership coach, leadership development facilitator, keynote presenter, writer, adventurer and guide. She is married to Jerry, and is the mother of three sons, Wolf, 16, Hayden, 14, and Fin, 9. They live in Lander, WY, where they frequently hike in the foothills and mountains of the Wind River Range.



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Looking for Las Vegas-style fun without the

crazy crowds?

Betting on games of chance, athletic contests, horse races and hiding or guessing games has always been a part of American Indian culture. Now you can catch the gaming excitement at any of the four casinos located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the heart of Wind River Country—the only Las Vegas-style casinos found in the state.

WIND RIVER HOTEL & CASINO, the Big Daddy of casino action, has it all. The casino features over 800 slot machines and table games including poker and blackjack. You won’t go hungry with the dining choices: Cee Nokuu Café featuring Native American specialties, Red Willow fine dining, the espresso bar and the 5 bar Buffalo Restaurant, a wide array food court with The Smokehouse, Mongollian Grill, Rio Taco Mexican, Tuscan Hearth pizza and Italian and a killer dessert bar. The hotel provides 90 rooms ranging from luxury suites to pet friendly rooms with beautiful views. Make sure to save some time for the Northern Arapaho Experience Room to hear stories from the elders and learn about the tribe through paintings, artifacts and more. Summer stays also treat guests to weekly Native American dancing, interpretation and song. Just a mile south of Riverton, this is a great place to play, stay and win!

789 CASINO & SMOKESHOP is the place to go when you’re on the run. Located just outside Riverton over the river, you’ll find a gas station and convenience store, with the solution to all your smoking needs. And tucked inside is 789 Casino with 200 slots ranging from video games to poker to progressives and everything in between. 789 Casino is where it all started, as a bingo hall and Wyoming’s first casino, back in 1995. A local favorite, with success at 789, the Northern Arapaho launched the Wind River Hotel & Casino.

SHOSHONE ROSE CASINO is owned and operated by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe for whom the Wind River Mountains are the ancestral home. While providing gaming to the area for years, the casino completed a multi-million dollar expansion project, and opened a new 61-room hotel this past September. Visitors can enjoy table games, over 500 slot machines, a full service restaurant and numerous other amenities at the feet of the Winds. The casino is easily accessible 8 miles north of Lander on highway 287, or 35 miles southwest of Riverton.

LITTLE WIND CASINO is located on Big Sky Highway in Ethete, south of Kinnear off Hwy 26. Nearly 200 slot machines beckon you to play. The Morning Star restaurant offers a nice menu of good food at great prices. A 24-hour facility, promotions found at the big casino, are generally available here also.

ENJOY the NORTHERN ARAPAHO EXPERIENCE Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. throughout the summer Wind River Casino Spring Mountain Room Experience the wonder of the dancers, singers and storytellers. Also: Northern Arapaho Cultural Insights: A cultural treasure of Arapaho artifacts and artwork open every day. Call in advance for a schedule of Arapaho Elders who share Arapaho language lessons and traditional story telling. Held at the Wind River Hotel Casino, 10269 Highway 789. Call for times: 307-851-5394. 26

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walking stick makes vibrations a snake will notice), 3) if you’re in bear country, carry bear spray and make sure it’s instantly accessible and 4) cell service can be spotty and traffic light in the back country - make sure you have water, a good map and any other comforts the season might call for.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Riverton: Northern Arapaho Cultural Insights at the Northern Arapaho Experience Room - A cultural treasure of Arapaho artifacts and artwork open every day. Call in advance for a schedule of Arapaho Elders who share Arapaho language lessons and traditional story telling. Held at the Wind River Hotel Casino. Call for times: 307-851-5394.

Spring Run-Off Fun Run/Walk Saturday, May 6, 7:30am – 12:00pm Lander Children’s Museum presents the 2nd Annual Spring Run-Off 5K at 7:30am and Fun Run/Walk, 1 K at 8:30 am (8 & Under) at the Lander City Park. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast—$5. 450 Fremont St. Registration details: 307-332-1341, landerchildrens​

Ft. Washakie: Enjoy a wild mustang horse tour at the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary located on the Wind River Indian Reservation between Lander and Fort Washakie. Learn about Native American horse culture at the visitor center. Regular Summer Tours are offered daily Monday through Saturday. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10-4pm, and Sat. 10am-2pm at 8616 Hwy. Spring tours are by appointment only: 307-438-3838, wrwhs10@ gmail.c​om, www.WindRiverWi​

WY Artists Associations Friday, May 5, Thru Sunday Dubois presents the Wyoming Artists Associations gathering at the Headwaters Arts Center, 20 Stalnaker. Artists welcome. Contact Sharon Schell 307-749-7661 for more information.

Dubois: Wildlife viewing tours of the largest Bighorn Sheep herd in North America in Dubois. Tours vary from 3-5 hours. Up to six people in our Suburban. Binoculars/ view​ing scopes provided for an up-close experience you’ll never forget. Dress for high altitude. 307-455-3429, Lander: Eagle Bronze Foundry tours by appt. Learn about the ancient lost wax casting method for casting bronze western, figurative, and wildlife fine art sculptures. $5 for adults. Please call to arrange in advance. Group tours are welcome! 130 Poppy St. 307-332-5436, kayla@ eaglebron​ Art Show: Thunder Feathers on display thru May 13. Lander Art Center’s Greater Sage Grouse Strut the Plains. Free. Open Tues. - Thurs. 10-6pm, Fri. & Sat. 10-4pm. 224 Main St. 307-332-5772, landerartcenter​.com Art Show: Burls & Bark Reception, Opens Fri, May 19, runs thru July 8. Lander Art Center presents An Exhibition of Fine Woodworking. Opening reception is 6-8pm. Free. Open Tuesday - Thurs. 10-6pm, Fri. & Sat. 104pm. 224 Main St. 307-332-5772, landerartcenter​.com

SPECIAL EVENTS Riverton Museum: Buffalo Restoration Saturday, May 6, 3pm – 4pm Jason Baldez will present the project to restore buffalo to the Wind River Indian Reservation. He is the Buffalo Representative for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Tribal Lands Program of the National Wildlife Federation. 700 E. Park Ave. 307-8562665 Open 10am-4pm, Monday - Saturday.

Dubois Museum Mason Draw Trek Saturday, May 6, 8am – 1pm Explore the off-the-beaten-​track geology of this special area. Bring water, lunch, sun screen, small personal first aid kit, insect spray and bear spray. Transportation is provided and the trek fee is $6.00 per person. 8am. Call for reservations: 307-455-2284, 909 West Ramshorn, duboismuseum@gm​ Pioneer Museum: Magic Carpet Made of Steel Thursday, May 11, 7pm – 8pm Take a journey on the trains of America through songs and stories presented by Bill Rossiter. Free. 1443 Main St., Lander 307-332-3339, a.teamfcpm@gmai​, fremontcountymu​ LVHS Astronomy Club: Look at the moon! Friday, May 12, 8:45pm – Sat, May 13, 10:00pm Feel free bring your own telescope or binoculars – some will be available to use. Free. 8:45pm. Held at the Lander Valley High School, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd. 307-332-3640 x2270. Jmeyer@landersc​ Home & Garden Expo Saturday, May 13, 10am – 3pm Riverton hosts the Home & Garden Expo. Learn home improvement ideas, gardening tips and tricks, and décor and accessorizing ideas to spruce up your home and gardens. Food and raffle drawings for special prizes and much more. Free admission 10am-3pm. Fremont County Fairgrounds, 1010 Fairgrounds Rd. 307-857-1613, craftfairs@wyom​ Lander Pioneer Museum Kids Series: GOLD Saturday, May 13, 1pm – 3pm Children will have the opportunity to pan for gold, learn


about different types of mining and make crafts from what they find. $4. Reservations: 307-332-3339, 1443 Main St., a.teamfcpm@gmai​, fremontcountymu​ Riverton Museum Kids: Rabbit Hide Paintings Saturday, May 13, 2pm – 3pm Rabbit Hide Paintings by Karina Bryant. This is a hands-on activity inspired by traditional Native American practices. Parents must accompany any child under the age of 14. Call to register: 307-856-2665, 700 East Park, rivertonwymuseu​ Sierra de San Francisco Cave Paintings, Mex Monday, May 15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm A personal presentation by Meredith Taylor. $5. 6:30-7:30pm, Cyber Cafe & Adult Education. Limited space - must register: 455-2625, 116 E. Ramshorn, duboischamber@g​ Dubois Museum Kids: Make an Indian Arrow! Wednesday, May 17, 8am – 10am Renowned artist and Native American Tool expert Tom Lucas will teach this ancient skill. Free to participants - focused on a middle school level, but open to any age. Reservations: 307-455-2284, 909 West Ramshorn, duboismuseum@gm​, fremontcountymu​ Lander High Altitude Ballooning Project Wednesday, May 17, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Learn about the student experiments that will be conducted during the August 21st eclipse. Students will send live video and images from near space to the NASA website. Come hear about this, and other, citizen science activities around The Great American Eclipse. Reservations preferred. Free and open to the public. 6-7:30pm. 120 Leedy Blvd., Room 106. 307-349-2536 or 307-332-3394 Lander’s 3rd WY Outdoor Weekend and Expo May 19, Friday 10-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm. LEDA event is a Consumer Show/Outdoor Field Trip Weekend. A weekend destination event that will include field trips to local sites to experience all of our local outdoor activities from shooting, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking, to climbing and just enjoying the outdoors. Free. 307-438-9728, www.wyomingoutd​ Riverton Wild Horse Spring Adoption Friday, May 19 & Saturday Honor Farm’s annual event. See wild mustang horses in training. On May 19, a clinic for the general public is offered at 1-3:30 pm. Preview May 20, 7:30 am, auction at 10:30 am. Riverton Honor Farm, 40 Honor Farm Road. 866-468-7826. FREE. Please see admission details at https://www.blm​.gov/programs/w​ild-horse-and-b​urro/ adoption-a​nd-sales/adopti​on-events

Dubois Museum: Beginning Photography Saturday, May 20, 9am – 2pm Program by Ellen Jungck presents the elements and concepts of photography to help you create excellent shots. Free. 9am-2pm. Reservations: 307-455-2284, 909 West Ramshorn, duboismuseum@gm​

Craft Show at Centennial Park, Lander Saturday, May 27, 9am – 3pm Many unique crafted items and a few representatives to choose from. A great place to find a little bit of everything. 2nd and Main St. 307-349-8343 amysbeautifulcr​eations@ gmail.c​om

Lander Brewfest and Golf Tournament, Friday, June 9, 2017

Pioneer Museum Lander Walking Tour Saturday, May 20, 10am – 12pm Visitors will look at twenty historic lander buildings and building sites that helped shape the community we know call Lander. Free. 10am. Call for details and meeting location: 307-332-3339, 1443 Main St., a.teamfcpm@ gmai​

Lander Reined Cow Horse Show Saturday, May 27, 9am – 12pm Cowboy State Stock Horse Association (CSSHA) Reined Cow Horse Summer Series Show. Show starts 9 am. LOTRA indoor arena, 1663 Rodeo Drive. 307-851-1126, 851-5839

Fremont Area Road Tour Cycling Event Saturday, June 10

KEEN Trunk Show and Pub Pedal Saturday, May 27, 12pm – 7pm The Wind River Gear (WRG) and Dubois Association for Recreation & Trails (DART) host the 11th annual Wind River Gear KEEN Trunk Show and the DART Pub Pedal. This event celebrates the unveiling of the new jump-line trail additions on the Overlook Trail. As participants bike back through scenic Dubois, local bars will offer Pub Pedal riders drink specials. Prizes and giveaways will be available throughout the event at WRG. Fun starts at 19 North 1st Street. WRG will close the event with a FREE Mexican Fiesta Buffet at 5 pm. Come join us for a summer kickoff event you will not want to miss! For more details: (307) 455-2337, duboistrails@gm​, trever@thelongh​,​m/duboisassocia​ tionforrecreati​onandtrails

Shoshoni Community Dance Sat, June 10, 7pm – 11pm


1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous! Riverton Begins Wednesday, Jun 28

Riverton Museum Shoshoni Cemetery Tour Saturday, May 20, 10am – 12pm This trek will be led by Karline Stetler and Phyllis Brown. Discover some of the names and people that helped to build Shoshoni. Meet at the cemetery. Maps to the site will be provided. Join us for this historical tour of this cemetery site where local legends from Shoshoni, Riverton, and Fremont County, $6. Reservations required. 307-856-2665, rivertonwymuseu​ Paint and Wine Saturday, May 20, 4pm – 6pm Learn painting techniques while socializing at the Nostalgia Bistro, 202 E. Ramshorn. 307-455-3528, 307455-2556. duboischamber@g​ Carissa Gold Mine Tours Beginning Fri, May 26, 2pm – 3pm South Pass City’s Carissa Gold Mine Tours every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. Begins at the South Pass City Dance Hall. Limited to 25 people. Not appropriate for children under 8 & those who cannot negotiate steep stairs. The Carissa gold mine was the primary economic engine for South Pass City. Fee - $2 for Wyoming Residents, $4 for Non-Residents, under 18 Free. 125 South Pass Main Street. 307-332-3684, info@ southpassc​, http://www.sout​ c​arissa.html

Chief Yellow Calf Memorial Club Powwow Saturday, June 3, Ethete near Blue Sky Hall Enjoy colorful Native American Indian dancing while sampling traditional food and arts and crafts. Call to confirm the dates and their Grand Entry times. 506 Ethete Rd. and Blue Sky Highway 307-438-0863 or 307-332-5286 aldene.skypeopl​ info@windriver.​org

Shoshoni’s Don Layton Memorial Antique Tractor & Engine Show Friday, June 9

Don Scheer Memorial Packhorse Races, Dubois Sat, June 10

Hudson Daze Festival, Craft Fair & Car Show Sat, June 17 Wyoming State Rock Show June 24 & 25, Riverton at Fairgrounds Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow, & Rodeo, Saturday, Jun 24 Eagle Spirit Dancers at Lander’s Museum of the American West Wednesdays through summer beginning June 21, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance Every Tuesday through the summer beginning June 6, 6pm – 7pm. Free to the Public. Wind River Hotel & Casino.

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