Instructor: Jennifer Royal
7 October 2012
As I finished eating the last delicious morsel on my plate, I looked around and admired the old wooden chuck wagons, and the tables that sat in front of them stacked two feet high with steaming hot pancakes. The people, who stood in lines waiting to be served, were moved quickly and efficiently through by servers. There were city slickers, country folks, bikers, cowboys, Indians, mothers, fathers and children all enjoying their morning breakfast under the vast blue Wyoming sky. By the end of the ten days, the Kiwanis club will have made and served around 100,000 pancakes. It never failed to amaze me how the people and the park came together, and how energized they were by keeping its western vitality. Frontier Park is a memorable park, and quite different from other parks. It is the point of attraction for visitors and travelers joining together to commemorate the traditions and cultures of the Old West. It is situated next to the center of the city of Cheyenne, better known as a “hell on wheels town,” and comes alive for ten short days every year. Here you can take a step back in time and celebrate Cheyenne's western heritage. As I eagerly start my journey in the southeast part of the park, I can see the tops of the tee-pees in the distance, where Indian Village is located. At the village, Native American Indians gather, wearing electrifying multi-colored costumes of red, blue and green. They sing and chant and tell stories of their past, while Native American men and women dance like butterflies, wearing intricately beaded costumes and spiked feathers that shake atop their heads and backs. Pueblo, Arapaho, Lakota, and Cheyenne all gather here, to educate and share their traditions and culture. They are beautiful red skinned people, with dark mysterious eyes full of energy and life. The intense sound of the drums and the tinkling bells on their ankles can be heard from...