Monday, July 25, 2016
Why have a single Indian Village in Frontierland when you can have two?? One was open to guests, and they could see various kinds of Indian dwellings, Native craftspeople at work, and the Dance Circle.
In the 1950's and 1960's, Westerns were immensely popular in the U.S., but by 1970, the public's interest in cowboys and Indians had faded. This village closed in May of 1971, less than a year after this photo was taken. In 1972, Bear Country opened in the same spot.
Further along the river, guests could view the "Friendly Indian Village" from the Mark Twain, the Keel Boats, the Columbia, and the Canoes (and the Disneyland Railroad, I believe). The village showed a peaceful tribe grinding corn, drying meat, preparing hides, and other activities that were a part of life on the plains (and elsewhere). As most of you know, this was recently razed as part of the Star Wars Land construction.