Sunday,  August 14, 2022  2:48 pm

8 new U.S. trips from Intrepid that explore BIPOC cultural heritage

8 new U.S. trips from Intrepid that explore BIPOC cultural heritage
From left: A river-to-table salmon lunch (David Hanson); Chef Dee (Deelightful Roux School of Cooking).
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Intrepid Travel has launched a brand-new tour in Southeast America celebrating West and Central African cultural heritage. 

The trips are part of an ongoing effort to introduce new experiences that not only celebrate Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) cultures, but also provide a more diverse and inclusive perspective of the iconic places that make up the United States.

This is a continuation of Intrepid’s expansion within America, with the company recently launching nearly 40 new trips in the country that begin departing in 2022 – its most robust offering in the U.S. since the company's inception more than 30 years ago.

Within these tours are several new BIPOC-centric experiences that are helping travellers see America through a more diverse and inclusive lens. 

The eight new experiences available through Intrepid Travel in 2022 include:

Explore rich West and Central African cultural heritage along the Gullah Geechee Corridor

A new tripCharleston to Savannah: Exploring Gullah Geechee Culture  

 This six-day tour from Charleston to Savannah explores the culture, history and impact of the Gullah Geechee people, descendants of enslaved West and Central African people, who are known for protecting, preserving, and passing on their culture and heritage. 

Travellers will learn about Charleston’s Black heritage, tour the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church (an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement), take part in a sweet grass weaving workshop, witness a soul-stirring performance in Beaufort where music and dance are used to share the experience of enslaved Africans brought to South Carolina, share a seafood boil with the locals, and join in a Sunday worship service at one of Savannah’s Black churches. This is one of the most impactful and culturally significant itineraries Intrepid has introduced as part of its new U.S. tour collection.

A Native American river-to-table lunch in the Pacific Northwest

Included on Portland to San Francisco Discovery.

Travellers will head to Warm Springs, Oregon for a Native American river-to-table experience provided by a former tribe anthropologist and the founder of Salmon King Fisheries. 

This meal acknowledges salmon’s vital role in the history of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, when these fish were sold to, and traded with, neighbouring tribes, settlers and explorers. 

Visitors will share a simple salmon picnic lunch which celebrates this ancient tradition. 

Learn to cook Cajun and Creole Food at Deelightful Roux School of Cooking

Included on Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans.

Travellers will get a hands-on cooking lesson in Cajun and Creole cuisine at Deelightful Roux School of Cooking, the only African American woman-owned cooking school in New Orleans. 

Visitors will learn from rising star Chef Dwynesha Lavigne, a New Orleans native and award-winning baker who helps to produce a weekly food segment on a local television station and hosts a monthly baking demonstration at the world-renowned Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Hike the backcountry of Montana to gain insight into the Blackfeet Native American culture

Included on Best of Montana.

Travellers will visit the Badger-Two Medicine region, located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. 

Upon arrival guests will have a traditional Native American lunch, then have the privilege of joining a local Blackfeet guide for a half-day hike which offers an insight into the Blackfeet Native American people and culture and explores the secluded wilderness of Badger Two Medicine. 

Learn about tribal customs, histories and stories while experiencing a land filled with wildlife, wildflowers, alpine lakes and mountain peaks.

Tour Charleston, South Carolina with Professor Damon Fordham

Included on Georgia History trail to Nashville and Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans.

Intrepid travellers will join local professor and author Damon Fordham for a special “Lost Stories of Black Charleston” walking tour. 

Exploring Charleston. (Intrepid Travel)

At a variety of sites around Charleston, Professor Fordham artfully shares stories based on historical documents, oral histories and his own perspective as a Black Charlestonian.

Learn about the history, stories and spirituality of the Oglala Lakota People

Included on South Dakota Lodge Stay

Travellers will spend a full day with an expert Lakota guide to visit Pine Ridge Town in South Dakota and tour the Heritage Center, which was one of the first cultural centre and museums located on an Indian reservation. 

It empowers Lakota artists to preserve their artistic heritage, improve their economic situation and share their traditional arts and crafts with the world. 

Visitors will enjoy lunch at a Lakota-owned restaurant that specializes in traditional foods and stop by Wounded Knee where a battle with United States soldiers killed hundreds of Lakota people in the late 1800s.

A visit to the Whitney Plantation in New Orleans

Offered on Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans, Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans, and Best of the South: Louisville to New Orleans.

Travellers will join 2nd Line Tours – a Black-owned business committed to telling the true history of New Orleans – to learn about what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation. 

Whitney Plantation in New Orleans. (Whitney Plantation)

With a focus on the lives of slaves rather than the opulent house the slave owners lived in, exploring this plantation is a sobering and eye-opening experience.

The Apsaalooke perspective on Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Included on South Dakota to Montana Parks Explorer.

Travellers will join their Crow Nation Guide for a three-hour tour of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, who will provide an Apsaalooke perspective on the conflict. With a tribal historian at their side, visitors will traverse the battlefield and learn how Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors defeated the U.S. Army on the Greasy Grass at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. 

Intrepid Travel launched its own dedicated American operations hub in 2021, Intrepid DMC North America, which has been increasingly focused on building more impactful relationships with BIPOC-owned businesses and suppliers to offer its travellers a broader range of experiences and perspectives.

Each new highlighted activity could not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership of several BIPOC organizations and representatives, such as the National Blacks in Travel & Tourism Collaborative and representatives from the Crow Nation and Lakota tribes.

For more info on Intrepid Travel’s U.S-based trips, click here

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