Native American Culture, Delicious Raspberries Celebrated in Southeast Idaho

During the second week of August, Native Americans gather from all across North America in Fort Hall, Idaho, for the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival. Held annually since 1964, the festival is rated one of the best powwows in Indian Country. The amazing handmade regalia worn during the drumming and dancing competitions and the grand entrance are filled with symbolism often handed down over generations. Activities include handgames, art shows and parades, with opportunities to purchase Indian handcrafts and food. Don’t miss the Indian Relay Races – a heart-pounding horse competition where teams compete bareback.

Bear Lake Valley is known for its bountiful and completely delicious raspberry harvest that occurs in early August. A Thursday parade kicks off Raspberry Days, followed by a fair with craft booths, rides for kids, food vendors and live music all day long. And of course, Bear Lake’s famous raspberry shake is available at the fair. Unique to Raspberry Days is the Boat Light Parade on the intense turquoise water of Bear Lake, where boats are decorated with lights.

Held annually since 1964, the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival is rated one of the best powwows in Indian Country. Photo courtesy of Southeast Idaho High Country

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