Arlee Celebration, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Arlee Celebration, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Information

Every Fourth of July, the town of Arlee, Montana, bursts into vibrant celebration with the annual Arlee Celebration, hosted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Held in the scenic Mission Valley of Montana, the Arlee Celebration showcases indigenous culture, featuring traditional dances, tribal games, arts and crafts and a strong sense of community. If you're seeking an authentic experience that honors Native American traditions, this event should not be missed! 

Held at the Arlee Powwow Grounds, this event has been a cornerstone of cultural heritage for over 120 years, making it one of the oldest and most significant powwows in the region. The grounds come alive with the rhythmic beats of the drums and the mesmerizing movements of the dancers in colorful regalia. Spectators have the honor of witnessing various dance styles, including the lively intertribal dance, the men's fancy dance, the graceful women's jingle dance and the powerful men's grass dance, among others. 

From the stick game to the exhilarating horse races, these events pay homage to the tribes' ancestral pastimes and the spirit of unity that comes with friendly rivalry. Visitors can witness the athleticism and camaraderie that define these age-old contests. This exchange and appreciation for cultural diversity strengthens the community and enriches the experience. Come join the festivities, connect with the past and celebrate the present at the Arlee Celebration!

Camping is available on the celebration grounds; hotels and motels can be found in Missoula, approximately 20 miles south of Arlee. Natural wonders provide opportunities for hiking, fishing and exploring the great outdoors. The Lolo National Forest is just 30 miles to the southwest. has extensive hiking trails and scenic vistas. The Flathead National Forest, 50 miles north, offers trails that access mountain lakes, peaks and valleys. 

Arlee Celebration, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

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