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Landusky in Phillips County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Little Rocky Mountains

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2020
1. The Little Rocky Mountains Marker
Inscription.  Many Indian people believe that spirits dwell in north central Montana's "island" mountains: the Sweet Grass Hills and the Bear Paw and Little Rocky ranges. Their rugged peaks, clustered like tepees in a camp, offer access to the supernatural and provide a nesting place for eagles. the messengers of the spirits who live there. Generations of Blackfeet, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine and Chippewa-Cree have used these isolated areas for fasting, prayer and vision questing. Here are the precious gifts of water, plants, animals and solitude from the Great Spirit. Stories describing the supernatural powers of the Little Rocky Mountains abound. One such story, handed down in many variations, tells of a terrible water-monster called Bax'aa that inhabited the spring on Eagle Child Mountain, frightening or even slaying some who attempted to fast there. Another well known site at the western end of the Little Rockies is a battleground remembered among northern Montana tribes for its spiritual significance. The great Gros Ventre warrior Red Whip won victory there over the Sioux against incredible odds. His success is attributed to a powerful war charm and a vision
The Little Rocky Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2020
2. The Little Rocky Mountains Marker
that foretold the battle.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Features.
 
Location. 47° 47.744′ N, 108° 38.007′ W. Marker is in Landusky, Montana, in Phillips County. Marker is at the intersection of Federal Highway 191 and State Highway 66, on the left when traveling north on Federal Highway 191. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zortman MT 59546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Little Rocky Mountains (here, next to this marker); A Fine Day for a Sail (approx. 11.7 miles away); The Mighty Missouri - Lifeblood of the Plains (approx. 12.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Same place, same text, different marker; Why?
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Mar. 7, 2021