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Fort Belknap's Mid Winter Fair: Celebrating 50 years of Resilience through Tradition


February 7, 2018

The Grand Entry is a time of great pomp and pageantry. Surrounded by classic regalia and group drumming, even the youngsters find a way to express their heritage. These little girls, from a past Grand Entry at the Fair, showed their fancy regalia and demonstrated their dance moves.

Last week's fair was the 50th anniversary of the Fort Belknap Mid Winter Fair. The annual winter event was first staged in 1967. Ed Doney, who's been actively involved with the fair since 1987, wrote about 'why' the winter fair was organized. In a visit about the Fair he explained, "Some folks who had jobs that involved calling on people in their homes, discovered how much original native art was being done but no one ever got to see the art." Early on the Fair was a way to showcase the variety and amount of art that locals were creating. At the first Fair in 1967 there were 168 exhibitors...

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