Good Morning Readers and Happy Saturday! We're rolling right though the month prepping each state for the self proclaimed "siege" on our nation. We've covered the last six states to be admitted to the US and today we're going to feature Wyoming!
If you'd like to join our Facebook group and add your thoughts, well wishes and stories about any of our states, or just to show support please find us at "What Makes Your State Great". My state facts and trivia bits come from 50states.com.
Yellowstone is the first official National Park. (1872) Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright.
The Horse on the Wyoming license plate has a name, "Old Steamboat". It is named after a bronc that could not be ridden back in the oughts or the teens.
The Red Desert in south central Wyoming drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage. (Photo Credit)
The Wind River actually changes its name in the middle of the stream becoming the Big Horn River at a site at the north end of the Wind River Canyon, where each year the Native Americans hold a ceremony depicting the "Wedding of the Waters."
Wyoming come from an Algonquian word and is an English corruption of the Lenape "Chwewamink" which means by the big river flat. The original inhabitants of Wyoming were the Arapaho, the Cheyenne, the Crow, the Shoshone and the Ute tribes. There are only two federally recognized tribes, the Shoshone and the Arapaho.
One of the sacred rituals of the Arapaho people is the Sun Dance. It occurs during the summer usually in the months of July and August. The Arapaho do not worship the Sun during this ceremony, instead it is a time of prayer and sacrifice to the powers above. Usually the person who sponsors the ceremony is doing so to restore health to a member of his family and to the Tribe. The ceremony lasts for seven days and four of those days involve the actual dancing. Though some video and photos are available of this ceremony, the Arapaho no longer allow photographs or drawings. To show my respect for this wish, I will not link a video to this event, instead I've attached some Arapaho music instead.
Sending light and love to the great state of Wyoming.
Namaste & Blessed Be
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