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Release Date: 10/28/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

Celebrate the Arapaho Language Revival

On Saturday Nov. 6, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will host a visit by the Arapaho Nation Dance Group and Northern Arapaho Tribal Elder William C’Hair at 1 p.m.

Dancers and singers will perform in the NHTIC theater as William C’Hair narrates their presentation and interprets different songs and dancing styles, in what promises to be a colorful, thrilling performance according to Trails Center Director Mike Abel.

“Mr. C’Hair was an integral contributor to the exhibit planning for this facility, and we welcome him and the Arapaho Nation Dance Group to the Trails Center to present a moving expression of their heritage for all visitors to enjoy,” said Director Abel.

The performance will last about one hour and is free to all visitors. In addition to interpreting Arapaho dance styles, Mr. C’Hair will speak about his and the tribe’s concerted efforts to revive and preserve the Arapaho language by actively speaking and teaching it, using strict standards of consistency.

“William C’Hair has been instrumental in recording and teaching the Arapaho language for nearly 50 years,” said Abel; “We are honored to provide an opportunity for him to share what is being done to reverse the broader trend of recent generations growing away from the use of tribal languages.”

The Trails Center invites the public to celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November by attending this free dancing presentation by Wyoming’s Northern Arapaho tribe.

For additional information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 307-261-7700.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect, and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, WY. The center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed Sunday through Monday.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-28-2010