August 17th-21st, 2017

Arapaho Eclipse


Celebration

Riverton, Wyoming the Fun Way to Yellowstone!

Path of Totality

Every year or two, a New Moon passes directly between Sun and Earth, casting a shadow that completely hides the Sun within a small area of Earth's surface. As that shadow passes rapidly from West to East, it creates a "path of totality" within which day turns suddenly to deep twilight, stars and planets become visible, and the hot gases ordinarily invisible in the Sun's glare become a glowing corona.

The path of totality of the eclipse of August 21, 2017, almost 70 miles wide, will embrace all four corners of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Along the center of the path - the line of maximum totality - the total eclipse will last approximately 2 minutes 22 seconds. At the Wind River Hotel and Casino, totality will begin just after 11:39 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time and last for 2 minutes 7 seconds.

The Wind River Reservation is among the very best regions from which to view the 2017 eclipse. The climate is dry: according to historical weather records from Riverton Regional Airport, it hasn't rained during the morning on August 21 for at least 25 years, and mid-day skies are almost always clear. High elevations will minimize visual interference from atmospheric turbulence, smoke, and dust. Riverton is at approximately 4,950 feet; many locations on the Reservation are higher.

On average, the interval between total eclipses in any given location is about 375 years, but this varies greatly: it's possible to see two eclipses in the same spot within only a few years, while in other places the interval might be 1,000 years or more. The most recent total eclipse to pass over Wind River was on July 29, 1878; its center line followed the crest of the Wind River Range and continued southeast across traditional lands of the Arapaho people in Wyoming and Colorado.

For more information about the Great American Eclipse visit NationalEclipse.com

Northern Arapaho Culture

Native Dance Dancing is more than an expression. It’s a living prayer. For Native people, dancing has always been a vital part of our lives. Over the years, the style of dancing has changed but its purpose has always... Read More

Drums & Singers Native American singing has a special purpose. It is used during times of celebration, to honor an achievement or to bring prayers and healing. When the voices of Native people come together... Read More

Native Storytelling Storytelling has been essential to the survival of Native American culture, languages and traditions. The transfer of knowledge is passed down from generation to generation using stories... Read More

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Native Dancers

Dancing is more than an expression. It’s a living prayer. For Native people, dancing has always been a vital part of our lives. Over the years, the style of dancing has changed but its purpose has always been the same. Dancing can bring healing, friendship and strength to a community. Over the course of the year, dancers put their best foot forward at community pow wows.

While held all year long, it’s the summer time when pow wow dancing reaches its fever pitch. Wyoming is home to various pow wows including Ethete Celebration and Eastern Shoshone Indian Days. Every Tuesday evening you can also catch the Northern Arapaho Experience Song and Dance at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. Pow wows are social gatherings where participants sing, dance and perform. Vendors sell beautiful Native American made jewelry, art and clothing along with delicious food items like Indian tacos, soups and sweet beverages. During the eclipse, local dancers are honored to welcome this special event with performances just for our guests. Celebrate this once in a lifetime event with the indigenous people of this land.

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Drums & Singers

Singing has a special purpose. It is used during times of celebration, to honor an achievement or to bring prayers and healing. When the voices of Native people come together to create a song, it’s a moment you will never forget. Considered the heart of the people, drumming is a vital part of the song that gives it a powerful sound. Singers care, protect and respect the drum since it plays a pivotal role in not only the music but the tribe. To go along with the dancing, local singers will provide the music to help celebrate the eclipse. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of a people who inhabited this land for generations.

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Storytelling

The Oral Tradition

Storytelling has been essential to the survival of Native American culture, languages and traditions. The transfer of knowledge is passed down from generation to generation using stories that have meaning, humor and life lessons. Stories were told at different times of the year and depending on the listener’s age. Working with local tribal members, we are excited for our eclipse visitors to hear the stories that make our history and culture rich, diverse and captivating. For a preview of the stories you will hear, please visit arapaholegends.com.

Entertainment

Wind River Hotel & Casino The Wind River Hotel and Casino is the largest gaming facility in Wyoming and closest to Yellowstone National Park has over 800 Vegas style slot machines and 8 table games. With two restaurants, a cafe and Espresso Bar, visitors don’t have to travel far to enjoy the best dining. Our beautiful 98 bed Wind River Hotel is connected to the casino and provides visitors with the ultimate comfort away from home.Visit the website here.

The Great American Eclipse 8.21.2017

Northern Arapaho
Schedule of Events

*The Eclipse Presentations and Star Viewing Parties will be conducted by research scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research located in Boulder, Colorado. NCAR is the oldest labortory center in the world studying the Sun-Earth connection. Learn more here.

Wind River Hotel & Casino

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Breakfast Feast
The Buffalo Restaurant
7am-10am $12 a person
Eclipse Slot Tournament
Casino Floor
10am–10pm $5 per entry
Arapaho Reservation Tour
11am–3pm $75 a person
Buffalo Restaurant
Special Hours
12pm-10pm
Arapaho Star Stories
Location To Be Determined
4pm FREE
Eclipse Presentation
Location To Be Determined
5pm FREE
Northern Arapaho Song & Dance
Spring Mountain
6pm FREE
Star Viewing Party
Location To Be Determined
6pm $10/adult
$5/Under 12 yrs
Red Willow Restaurant
Open Hours
24 Hours
Cee Nokuu Café
Open Hours
24 Hours
Friday, August 18th, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Breakfast Feast
The Buffalo Restaurant
7am-10am $12 a person
Eclipse Slot Tournament
Casino Floor
10am–10pm $5 per entry
Arapaho Reservation Tour
11am–3pm $75 a person
Buffalo Restaurant
Special Hours
12pm-10pm
Arapaho Star Stories
Location To Be Determined
4pm FREE
Eclipse Presentation
Location To Be Determined
5pm FREE
Northern Arapaho Song & Dance
Spring Mountain
6pm FREE
Star Viewing Party
Location To Be Determined
6pm $10/adult
$5/Under 12 yrs
Red Willow Restaurant
Open Hours
24 Hours
Cee Nokuu Café
Open Hours
24 Hours
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Breakfast Feast
The Buffalo Restaurant
7am-10am $12 a person
Eclipse Slot Tournament
Casino Floor
10am–10pm $5 per entry
Arapaho Reservation Tour
11am–3pm $75 a person
Buffalo Restaurant
Special Hours
12pm-10pm
Arapaho Star Stories
Location To Be Determined
4pm FREE
Eclipse Presentation
Location To Be Determined
5pm FREE
Northern Arapaho Song & Dance
Spring Mountain
6pm FREE
Star Viewing Party
Location To Be Determined
6pm $10/adult
$5/Under 12 yrs
Red Willow Restaurant
Open Hours
24 Hours
Cee Nokuu Café
Open Hours
24 Hours
Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Breakfast Feast
The Buffalo Restaurant
7am-10am $12 a person
Eclipse Slot Tournament
Casino Floor
10am–10pm $5 per entry
Arapaho Reservation Tour
11am–3pm $75 a person
Buffalo Restaurant
Special Hours
12pm-10pm
Arapaho Star Stories
Location To Be Determined
4pm FREE
Eclipse Presentation
Location To Be Determined
5pm FREE
Northern Arapaho Song & Dance
Spring Mountain
6pm FREE
Star Viewing Party
Location To Be Determined
6pm $10/adult
$5/Under 12 yrs
Red Willow Restaurant
Open Hours
24 Hours
Cee Nokuu Café
Open Hours
24 Hours
Monday, August 21st, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Breakfast Feast
The Buffalo Restaurant
7am-10am $12 a person
Arapaho Historical Reenactment
to Bring Back the Sun

Casino Parking Lot
11:30am–1pm FREE
Buffalo Restaurant
Special Hours
12pm-10pm
Red Willow Restaurant
Open Hours
24 Hours
Cee Nokuu Café
Open Hours
24 Hours
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Event & Location Time Fee
Eclipse Recap
Location To Be Determined
10am FREE
Northern Arapaho Song & Dance
Spring Mountain Room
6pm FREE