Real Life Cowboys & American Indians

Like any American child, I used to play “Cowboys & Indians” with notable frequency, especially in the summer months, where backyards became my imagined western wilderness and my brothers and I could act out centuries of cultural incompatibility between the opposing sides.

Even today, childhood play (and childish television) fuel some of the same misconceptions and misrepresentations about the American West and its inhabitants. But traveling in Montana allowed me to meet plenty of real-life cowboys and authentic American Indians, who keep their respective traditions alive in their customs, dress, and food, and with celebrations like the Montana State Fair Rodeo and the Rocky Boy Pow Wow, pictured here.


  1. Ken
    August 6, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Outstanding pictures Andrew.

    • Andrew Evans
      August 8, 2013, 4:37 am

      Thank you Ken. I had a lot of fun taking them.

  2. Donna Hull
    Stevensville, Montana
    August 7, 2013, 12:41 pm

    You don’t have to attend a rodeo to see a real life cowboy in Montana. I saw one walk into Frontier Cafe in Stevensville, MT. just the other day. He was wearing a cowboy hat, chaps and spurs. Great photos by the way.

  3. luanne belcourt
    rocky boy, montana home of the chippewa cree
    August 18, 2013, 12:36 am

    andrew it was so nice to meet you. i love the pictures you took of my youngest daughter sable, and my oldest daughter dawn, they are very ambitious and outstanding native women. i saw the pictures of my tipi’s. the second tipi is very old (30 years old). my daughter dawn takes very good care of it. I should have bought new tipi poles. anyway, it was great meeting you. thank you. i look forward to your return to rocky boy next year.

  4. gall
    January 13, 2014, 8:30 pm


  5. raylene
    April 30, 2015, 9:27 am

    hi i just want to say i like them all but i like the Indians the best because i am part american Indian