Native American Day

Yesterday was a good day. Early in the morning I consulted the web to see if there was anything going on in my town worth attending. Initial results looked promising, a big balloon festival going on in downtown, Colorado Springs and a few other events going on around the area. Colorado Springs seemed like a long way to go and I figured there would be all kinds of reporters there from the big newspapers. So I consulted my hometown web site and was somewhat interested in a Native American Day Festival that was going to be held at the Dinosaur Resource Center just a few blocks from me in downtown Woodland Park.

Native American Dancer from the Seven Falls Indian Dance Troupe

Native American Dancer from the Seven Falls Indian Dance Troupe

There would be colorful Native American Dancers to photograph, food and merchandise to purchase and a beautiful sunny mountain morning to enjoy in my picturesque town. But What really piqued my interest was the simple sentence, “get close to some wolves”. I have been wanting to get up to the wolf center for a long time and have been unable to work in the visit. Now it seemed, the wolves were coming to me! The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation was going to be at the festival with some visiting wolves.

Apache the wolf ambassador from the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in Guffy, Colorado

Apache the wolf ambassador from the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in Guffy, Colorado

As it turned out, only one wolf attended the festival, but Apache was an amazing animal, well worth the visit. And the Native American Dancers from the Seven Falls Indian Dance Troupe were amazing too. Be sure to read all about it in my latest article on the Examiner!

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