Thursday, July 11, 2013

7/11/13 Thurs - Wind River Reservation

The Wind River Reservation is just north of Lander. Today we went in and visited the Eastern Shoshone Cultural Center. We had a nice chat with one of the staff, she was at the dance last night and her son had been the master of ceremonies.  She gave us a map of the reservation, and we set out to visit the cemetery where Sacagawea was buried.
We also saw Chief Washakie's grave, and the bronze statue of him, duplicate of the one in the Rotunda at the Capital Building in Washington, D.C.   We saw a few more sites noted on the map, had a nice stop at the Wind River Trading Company, and then enjoyed lunch at the casino's restaurant.  Randy and Bryn had Indian tacos on incredible tasting frybread. Reed tried something new to us - Indian nachos.  These are like tacos but nacho cheese is used on top of seasoned waffle fries.   Even though that was lunch, it turned into dinner too.  It was so filling that we just ate a snack of apples and cheese seven hours later!


After our big lunch, the boys headed back for a rest and Bryn went to the Fremont County Pioneer Museum. It started in a log cabin in 1902, and in 2006 moved to its modern building. Very nice exhibits, but I didn't like the labels that said "basket" and "berry basket."  So I had a nice chat with staff and gave them info to update their catalogs.
When Bryn returned to the hotel, the boys went off swimming and Randy gave Bryn a tutorial on how to download the camera into the laptop. Then we went to the Grand Cinema downtown to see the only movie playing for miles around - The Lone Ranger.  It was interesting as there were definitely both cowboys and Indians in the audience.  My opinion?  Too violent, too bloody, the setting is all mixed up (Texas with Monument Valley, AZ and Promotory, UT) , the plot leaves a lot to be desired, and Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow as an oddly dressed Native American with a crow on his head.  Reed and Bret thought it was exciting, and they politely listened to their mom tell them what was wrong with the movie.

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