Gift of the Waters Pageant
Located at the Big Spring in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming. Limited seating is available in bleachers provided on the grounds. Or, bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on the lawn in front of the “Big Spring”. There is no charge to attend this unique and memorable performance.
The “Gift of the Waters” is a historic Indian Pageant held in Thermopolis, Wyoming the first weekend in August of every year. Singing, dancing, “The Lord’s Prayer” in Native sign language, and a moving scene where an archer sends an arrow into the heavens make up this memorable ceremony. In 1897, Shoshone Chief Washakie entered into an agreement with the U.S. Government to sell a ten-mile square of land surrounding the Big Horn Hot Springs (now known as the “Big Spring”). This is not a reenactment but a Pageant written by Marie Montabe, based on this event: a beautiful celebration of music, dance, and camaraderie between two nations.
The Gift of the Waters Pageant will be held in Hot Springs State Park both evenings, with special guests from the nearby Wind River Reservation. Visit the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival for more information.