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Near Chester in Liberty County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Sweet Grass Hills

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
1. The Sweet Grass Hills Marker
Inscription.  The Sweet Grass Hills posses special significance to the Blackfeet Indians and to other tribes on the northern Great Plains. According to legend, the creator Napi fashioned the hills in the dim past out of rocks left over from the formation of the Rocky Mountains. Napi liked his creation so much that the hills became a favored resting place for the old trickster. Located in the heart of a fertile bison hunting ground, the hills served as a vantage point for game and as a lookout for enemies trespassing in Blackfeet territory. Because of the isolation and connection with the creation of the earth, they have deep cultural significance to the Blackfeet as a spiritual refuge where teenage boys made vision quests to help guide them into adulthood. Many of the Blackfeet's traditional stories take place in and around the hills. One of those involves the Blackfeet culture hero Kutoyis (Blood-Clot Boy) who sought to rid the world of evil in the early history of the world. It was in the Sweet Grass Hills that Kutoyis defeated Lizard or Frog Man after an epic battle that lasted many days. The Blackfeet paid tribute to his memory by naming the hills "Kutoyisiks"
The Sweet Grass Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
2. The Sweet Grass Hills Marker
It was really windy!
in his honor.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Features.
 
Location. 48° 32.597′ N, 110° 51.535′ W. Marker is near Chester, Montana, in Liberty County. Marker is on U.S. 2 at milepost 329 near Black Coulee Road when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester MT 59522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Pleistocene Wonderland (approx. 5.1 miles away); First State Bank of Chester (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Legends of the Sweetgrass Hills -- Treasure State Lifesyles. Perhaps the people with the strongest connection to the mountains are the Blackfoot tribe. The areas around the hills were once their homeland and a view from atop the buttes allowed them to easily track the massive buffalo herds. In their legends, the only location named in their creation story is the Katoyisiks. (Submitted on December 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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