American Indians have always been an important part of western history. In 1898, just after the second annual Frontier Days rodeo, the CFD committee invited American Indian performers to participate in the CFD celebration. American Indian performers have returned to CFD each year since, entertaining and educating visitors about American Indian heritage and culture.
Historically, the visiting performers camped on a corner of Frontier Park, and that became a tourist mecca. Over the years, the site of the campground shifted from place to place. In the 1960s, the CFD committee established a permanent campground, dubbed the “Indian Village,” on the southeast corner of the park, where it remains to this day. In addition to hosting authentic American Indian dancing, music playing and storytelling, the Indian Village also includes a number of Native American exhibit booths and food vendors.