Go Native America: Tribal Tourism

3793438135_592d6d73bd_nNovember 21, 2013

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Native American culture in an authentic way, you can find it out west through Go Native America. Go Native America provides “tribal tourism,” on the Northern Plains of the US and allows for an amazing experience that is true to the cultural history of Native Americans.

The company did not set out to be tourism company but rather a liaison which offers guests a cultural experience unlike any other.With Go Native America, visitors are lead on adventures by indigenous people who provide a true view into the world of Native Americans. They pride themselves on only taking “guests,” not tourists and extend the opportunity to share in oral traditions and genuine communication with the earth.

Guests have the opportunity to stay at tribally owned businesses and buy arts and crafts directly from members of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association which in turn helps benefit the local economy. This Fair Trade practice is an important part of contributing to the community which is one of the goals of Go America.

Go Native America provides previously arranged tours varying from Storytelling tours to Powwow experiences, however you can also create your own adventure. Places of interest include: The Great Plains, Little Bighorn, The Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Yellowstone, and more. Check out all the tours here.

One of the most exciting parts of this adventure is being lead by indigenous guides who can offer a true vantage point in the traditions, tragedies, and stories of different tribes. One such guide is Sequoia, a guide who is not only fluent in Lakota, but also raps in Lakota! To add to his already interesting resume, he is a grass dancer, a story-teller, and a father of three.

Go Native America has been nominated by Responsible Travel several times and has also been recommended by Tourism Concern for almost two decades.

Check out the pre-tour info and more about what to expect from this cultural venture.

-Monica Bologna

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