Yellowstone National Park hosts tribal activities until August 28, celebrating the 27 Native Tribes that were here long before Yellowstone became a park.
The activities are part of the celebration of 150 years since Yellowstone became the first National Park in the United States. It’s also a celebration commemorating the creation of the National Park Service. The Tribal projects planned are a great way to learn about the history and culture of Native tribes that are still present today.
The first planned activity runs from Aug. 17 – 28, called Light Teepees: Resilience by Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council. Seven teepees are installed that become illuminated at night at sunset. The teepees are set up at the north entrance of Yellowstone near the Roosevelt Arch.
The next project is ReVisting Cultural Landscapes Through Stories, presented by Dean Nicolai of Bitterroot Salish and Tim Ryan of Salish. This project shows visitors insight into diverse indigenous knowledge of the land led by representative knowledge keepers. There will be interpretive hikes, demonstrations, and vivid storytelling. ReVisiting Cultural Landscapes starts from Aug. 23 – 27. Spacing is limited for this event; reservations are required and can be made here.
Another activity planned for Aug. 23-27 is the All Nations Teepee Village by Shane Doyle from the Apsalooke Tribe between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event shows a new era of Indigenous representation and inclusion for the 27 Tribal Nations. There will be 13 teepee lodges set up and 15 teepee rings. Nightly performances start at 5 p.m. from Aug. 23 – 25.
REMATRIATE by Patti Baldes od Northern Arapaho and Northern Paiute is scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. This project gestures artwork of moving bison sculptures made out of willow branches. There will also be 14 dancers and ten drummers bringing the buffalo sculptures to life, starting at sunset. The project aims to focus on buffalo restoration and land rematriation.
Several other artists and demonstrations will be at the Tribal Heritage Center. Each activity is free and open to the public. In light of recent incidents at the Abyss Pool in the park, please stay on the boardwalk at all times while visiting.