For the History Buff: The People’s Center in Montana

53253 Hwy. 93 W, Pablo, Montana The three layers of stone that form the exterior of this museum—owned and operated

The People's Center, Montana
Among the exhibitions in this fascinating museum is a Kootenai tulle-reed tepee, which was easily rolled up and carried on long journeys.

53253 Hwy. 93 W, Pablo, Montana

The three layers of stone that form the exterior of this museum—owned and operated by the now-confederated Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille—represent the nations who have lived in the Flathead region of western Montana for thousands of years. The exhibits inside tell the story of people with a rich history. In the center of the museum’s main room stands a fully furnished buckskin tepee. An example of a tulle-reed Kootenai house that was easy to roll up and carry from place to place is also on display here.

Personal guides and recordings enlighten visitors as they view exhibits of native art, traditional clothing, tools, and other artifacts that paint a picture of daily life for Native Americans. Powwows and demonstrations by local tribal artists are also put on by the center.

Open Mon.–Sat. Memorial Day to Labor Day, Mon.–Fri. off-season. Admission charged.

www.peoplescenter.net

(406) 883-5344

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest