Kite festival scheduled for July at First Peoples Buffalo Jump
Montana State Parks and SkyWindWorld Inc. will host the 8th Annual Buffalo Kite Festival at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park July 10-11. The festival is free and takes place every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will experience the art of buffalo featured on the kites and have the opportunity to create their own kite and watch it fly over the bison leap.
Blackfoot tribe member Don Fish will host an opening ceremony to begin activities each day, and the festival will feature original creations by Indigenous artists including DG House (Cherokee), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith ( Flathead Salish), Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), Rabbit Knows Gun (Crow) and others, according to a state parks release.
The Buffalo Kite Festival at the park is a cooperative effort of Montana State Parks with Terry Zee, the founder of SkyWindWorld, and Drake Smith. Zee has worked with Native American artists from across the United States to develop unique buffalo-themed kites, and SkyWindWorld is a non-profit company that organizes and sponsors kite flying events, workshops and traveling exhibitions to various locations in Montana and Canada.
Kite kits will be available for purchase for $ 6 on festival days.
This family event is suitable for visitors of all ages. For more information, call park ranger Alice Southworth at the park visitor center at 406-866-2217 or [email protected]
The First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is located 3.5 miles north of Ulm, just off Interstate 15 at exit 270. For directions or more information about the state park First Peoples Buffalo Jump, visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/first-peoples-buffalo-jump/