• Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
  • Dude Ranch Vacation Native American Week
Native American Week

Native American Week Program Details Native American Week Program Details

We welcome you to join us for a trip back in time!

Gray Wolf, Shines and/or other historians transform part of the ranch into an authentic, historically accurate Cheyenne camp from the mid-1800s, complete with tipis, buffalo hides, tomahawks, saddles, rifles, buckskin and rawhide, old-time beadwork and much more!

A Personal Invitation from Gray Wolf

2015 marks our 16th straight year offering the popular Native American Week Program! Some of our guests can't get enough with just one visit so they return multiple times. Come see what the excitement is all about, July 19-25th.

  • $2295 Adults: ages 13 and up
  • $1545 Youth: ages 6-12
  • $955 Children: ages 3-5


Our regular Ranch program will still be available (horseback riding, nature walks, river trips, etc.)

For our repeat guests, we have added different crafts and activities, plus the favorite standards, to keep you happy and involved again!

Some of the activities you can experience during Native American Living History Week:

Tomahawk & Knife Throwing

Ongoing throughout the week, lessons and practice on "sticking steel" (getting your metal implement to stay in a dead tree trunk). Later, the ‘hawk blocks' will find two teams ready for an exciting contest: Women/Girls vs. Men/Boys!

Moccasins, Medicine Bag or another customized leather piece With step-by-step instruction, adults will create their own pair of Cheyenne-style moccasins from buckskin leather. You'll be strolling around in your own comfortable pair of hand-made moccasins. You can choose to create a medicine bag, leather pouch or something else too.

Arrow Making

Shape your own arrow for a truly unique keepsake. But you have promise not to use any of the wildlife, cows or grounds crew as targets!

Native American Games

Play is ageless. Everyone will be laughing and screaming while learning that other cultures aren't really so different from ours! The kids will sleep better after they're tuckered out a bit playing in the same fun ways many tribes' kids have for centuries! Adults will often join in on the contagious play.

Fire-Making Contest

From gathering natural tinder and sticks to producing a spark and ember, through building and maintaining a small cook fire, guests are invited to compete in teams for this everyday necessity. Flint-n-steel and the “rubbing sticks” method are covered, as well as safety issues for children. An exciting contest shows you paid attention--first one to flames gets all the applause!

Native American Sign Language

This language has been preserved for centuries and is ongoing throughout the week. A concentrated session gives a visual trip back through time, showing how sign language was an integral part of the frontier experience, both before and after contact.

Pine-needle Tea and other Wild Edibles

Help us find yummy munchies on the land, and learn survival skills, valuable if you were ever to get lost in the wilderness. Offer a toast to the Colorado Rockies with a hot cup of Pine-needle Tea made from fresh pine needles gathered by our helpful guests.

Nature Scavenger Hunt and Buckskin Craft for Children Rocks, feathers and more are found on a special hike through the woods – the children on the look-out for items they want to incorporate into their Buckskin "Story Robe." Then we sit and make a unique craft, complete with paints and beads if the artist so desires!

The Great Plains Culture

An introduction to the lives of the Plains Peoples. Grab a seat inside the tipi on cozy furs and learn about culture, foods, accouterments, clothing, etiquette, horses, setting up a lodge, and other unique lifeways.

Inside the Tipi

Weapons of the Plains

A time-line of survival weapons: stone implements, obsidian points, bows and arrows, knives, tomahawks, flint-lock muzzle-loading pistol, percussion cap black powder rifles, cap and ball revolver, and an early original Winchester repeater rifle.

Native American Living History Week Native American Living History Week

Bios on Historians

Gray Wolf, Shines and other guest historians, of Shines Living History Productions, spend much of their time experiencing the old ways of the 1700 and 1800s. They live often in their tipis, wear authentic clothing, use ancient tools and cook over open fires for their meals. They study Native American history and philosophy, and with great respect they try to keep alive the ancient lifeways of some of the earliest peoples to inhabit the land now known as North America. They love sharing this with others!

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf's ancestry includes Northern Cheyenne of the Great Plains and Micmac of the far Northeast. He has traveled the country for many years in search of knowledge from his People, and he has lived in his tipi for extended periods of time as well as with just bedrolls on the ground. He spent time on several reservations, learning what he could of lifeways from tribal elders and others. Gray Wolf took an 11-month horse pack trip riding from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Canada experiencing life on the trail, and he has been a "working" cowboy. He is a professional guide for canoe trips, horse-packing, kayaking, back-packing and prospecting. Gray Wolf also teaches rock-climbing and survival skills. He has spent over two decades sharing his knowledge and interesting anecdotes with audiences of all ages in a diverse range of programs. His real-life experience gives him a solid platform from which to share his knowledge of Native Americans, Mountain Men, Cowboys, wilderness survival and all that these subjects entail.


Shines (Polish, French, and German, but Native American at heart), has studied and enjoyed "the great outdoors" since her father put her in a canoe at the age of three. She has spent much time in the American wilderness — back-packing, hiking, bird-watching, animal tracking, fishing and simply observing Nature. For over five years, she lived without electricity or telephone in a remote house on a forested mountain. For interpretive and educational purposes, she has developed nature and children's programs, imparting her love of the Earth to others, hoping that this contributes in some small way to the healing of the planet and the people she meets.

Her studies of Native American philosophy extended beyond college classes to experiential anthropology when she began living in a tipi and attending re-enactments, learning first-hand what textbooks could not convey. Shines has been presenting historical programs professionally for over 15 years, reaching audiences from pre-schoolers on up to Elderhostel groups. Her personality, which earned her the name Shines, is what helps her capture the imagination of young and old alike.

For more information regarding Shines Living History Productions and our Native American Living History Week at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, please contact us:

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