Above, Sovereign Sportsman's co-host Eric Richey lights off a a single kill-shot at a large black bear near Chief Mountain on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
October of 2010, the "Sovereign Sportsman" staff and production personnel were privaledged to be invited by Council members from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation for ten days of meetings, events, hunts, filming, and fellowship activities.
The week was launched with an incredible elk hunt featuring Josh Thompson. Blackfeet Tribal Council members, who served as the perfect hunting guides for Sovereign Sportsman, were on-hand to witness Josh's amazing “quarter on” shot to drop the huge 6X6 bull elk.
The successful hunt was followed by a unique celebratory Pow-Wow and traditional gift exchange in recognition of the special relationship formed between the Blackfeet Tribal Members and the Sovereign Sportsman team. Presiding over the event were members of the Tribal Council, including Chairman, Willie Sharp and Senator Shannon Augare.
Chairman Sharp explained the importance and traditional meaning behind the many brilliant colors of the the tribal robe that was then presented to Josh as he was recognized as an official Tribal Member and given the name "Many Stars".
This event proved to be a deeply moving and memorable gift from the Council to Josh and the entire Sovereign Sportsman team.
During other hunts held that week, Co-host, Forrest Parker, dropped an impressive Shiras moose on Day 4 of the outing. And, finally, Eric Richey wraps up the week bagging a large black bear on the finalmorningof the hunt.
“What an exceptional way to end an incredible week with our friends and colleagues here on the Blackfeet Reservation.
The Blackfeet people surprised their visitors with a full-on traditional pow-wow a few days into the week. Though, no ordinary pow-wow; this Blackfeet celebration was complete with tribal dancers and singers, Native-American barbeque and an impromptu campfire concert by JoshThompson. All following an emotionally charged reception where Thompson received an official invitation to become an adopted member of the Blackfeet Nation.
Thompson and Richey also provided an intimate concert and on-stage interview for tribal members and townspeople in the old high school auditorium in downtown Browning. Thompson stuck around afterwards to sign autographs and catch a few photographs with excited fans. And, as the evening wound down, Thompson told the audience...
“I can’t wait to come back here to be with my new Blackfeet friends again…I don’t want to leave! Coming here and meeting you all has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. What an amazing place this is, and what a great people you are.”
Our Blackfeet hosts culminated the week with a hosted dinner for the hunting party at the local casino where prayers, accolades, and additional gifts were exchanged and a friendship solidified between the Blackfeet Nation, Sovereign Sportsman, and the other hunting party guests that will surely last a lifetime.
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