Elmo is on the Big Arm of Flathead Lake in western Montana. Flathead is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Twenty-eight miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is renowned for its fishing. Wild Horse Island State Park, a 2,163-acre wilderness area on the west shore of the lake, is home to bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and wild horses.
Flathead Valley is also known for its orchards, which produce famous Flathead cherries, apples, plums, apricots and pears. The Flathead area is one of the top cherry-growing regions in the country. Each season, thousands of people flock to the orchards along Flathead Lake to pick cherries or buy them from roadside stands, and the harvest provides a unique experience for visitors. Several thousand tons of cherries are harvested annually, contributing millions to the area’s economy. Many of the orchards are family businesses that have been in operation for multiple generations.
The Flathead Indian Reservation is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The tribes are a combination of the Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai. On the Flathead Indian Reservation, Elmo is also the site of the Standing Arrow Pow Wow during the third weekend of July. This is an Indian social gathering featuring drumming, dancing, and traditional dress and food. Nearby is Chief Cliff, a spiritual site to reservation Indians. Some say an Indian maiden can be seen standing on this cliff.
Provided by: Montana’s Official State Travel Site
Standing Arrow Pow Wow
This is an Indian social gathering featuring drumming, dancing, and traditional dress and food. Visitors are welcome and asked to respect the dance area, which is sacred.
Join us at one of the Indian country’s most publicized events, Pow Wows. Learn the how’s and why’s of Pow Wow dancing. Know the difference between a grass dancer and a jungle dress dancer. Watch the veteran’s honoring ceremony, tiny tots dancing, and enjoy ‘Indian’ humor.
Meander through vendor’s wares from the heart of Indian country.
Come celebrate life with us. This is the Kootenai Tribe’s celebration hosted by the Flathead Reservation, on the west shore of Flathead Lake.
Standing Arrow Pow Wow will be held in Elmo, which is 15 miles north of Polson and 35 miles south of Kalispell on Highway 93.