Plan to join us for the Rock Art Hike and Art Exhibit at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.
The Rock Art Hike: 10:00 am
Join a Park Ranger for the final guided rock art hike of the season. This is a great opportunity to come and learn about two distinctive methods for producing rock art. Learn the differences between Pictographs and Petroglyphs, and how symbols are used in interpreting a people or an era.
This hike is off trail and is moderate to strenuous along the cliffs at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. The hike will start at 10am and end around noon. There are 20 spots available. Please call First Peoples Buffalo Jump at 406-866-2217 to reserve your spot on this hiking opportunity.
The hike is weather dependent and may be cancelled due to ice or snow. Admission to the park for Montana residents is free. Non-residents pay $4.00 for walk-in entry or $6.00 per vehicle.
The Art Exhibit: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The art show will feature original works by the Kuka Family, Tanya Werner, and Ira Henderson. Pieces will be for sale, and The Kuka Family will be holding a raffle.
Featured Artist Infomation:
Kingsley “King” Kuka was a local Blackfeet artist and poet, known for his paintings and lithographs which he called “Kuka-graphs.” He inspired an entire generation of American Indian Artists, and his work is recognized internationally; it is said the Vatican holds one of this paintings in their prestigious collection. Sadly, King Kuka passed away in December, 2003. His legacy, however, lives on through the creative spirit of his family as his wife Marietta and five children (Kqyn, Kodi, Kokko, Khi, Khol) are active in the arts as well.
Tanya Werner is a Little Shell Chippewa and Blackfeet artist. You may remember her from our 2021 Art Show, she specializes in beadwork, leatherwork, and jewelry.
Ira Hayes Henderson is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. He was born and raised here in Great Falls. Ira comes from a very large family of ten. Seven boys and three girls. He learned how to bead in 2017 and took an immediate liking to it. At first, he thought he wouldn’t have the patience but once he sat down, he felt right at home. He has a natural talent, and he really enjoys beading and sharing his bead work with others. He says, “I love the look on people’s faces when they see the art I have created.” Beading for him is an escape, when he sits down to bead, he lets all else go and focuses on what is in front of him.
Enjoy refreshments, view the Visitor Center exhibits, browse the gift shop and hike the trails (weather permitting).