VOICES OF YELLOWSTONE:
FIRST PEOPLES CELEBRATION

“Voices of Yellowstone: First Peoples Celebration” will take place August 4-10, 2024, in Gardiner, Montana. This week-long event, hosted by Yellowstone Forever in partnership with Yellowstone National Park and in collaboration with the Pretty Shield Foundation, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and Gardiner Chamber Of Commerce and Visitor Center, aims to honor and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Yellowstone—past, present, and future.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Event details and times are subject to change, please check back often for any updates.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2024

7:00 PM

OPENING CEREMONY & LIGHTING OF THE TEEPEES – Arch Park

  • Opening remarks from Yellowstone Forever, National Park Service, Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, and Pretty Shield Foundation
  • Blessing & Honor Song – Shane Doyle, Apsáalooke
  • Native Drum Circle

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the first night lighting of the illuminated teepees.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

10:00 AM

CULTURAL TOUR with Chris La Tray – Yellowstone National Park

  • The tour will start at the Yellowstone Forever Headquarters building at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The tour is limited to 12 people and is $50.00 per person.
  • Register here.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

10:00 AM

CULTURAL TOUR with Chris La Tray – Yellowstone National Park

  • The tour will start at the Yellowstone Forever Headquarters building at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The tour is limited to 12 people and is $50.00 per person.
  • Register here.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

6:00 PM

TRADITIONAL NATIVE GAMES – Arch Park

  • Join the International Traditional Games Society for an evening of Native Games at Arch Park. The event goes on till 8:00 PM and is free and open to participants of all ages.

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

10:00 AM

CULTURAL TOUR with Jesse DesRosier – Yellowstone National Park

  • The tour will start at the Yellowstone Forever Headquarters building at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The tour is limited to 12 people and is $50.00 per person.
  • Register here.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

10:00 AM

CULTURAL TOUR with Lailani Upham- Bear Chief – Yellowstone National Park

  • The tour will start at the Yellowstone Forever Headquarters building at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The tour is limited to 12 people and is $50.00 per person.
  • Register here.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

5:00 PM

GARDINER/MAMMOTH COMMUNITY POTLUCK –Chamber of Commerce

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2024

9:00 AM

NATIVE ART MARKET – Yellowstone Forever Headquarters

  • Located at the Cole Conference Room until 6:00 PM. There will be a variety of arts and crafts for sale, providing an opportunity to engage with Native artisans and purchase unique art.

10:00 AM

CULTURAL TOUR with Lailani Upham- Bear Chief – Yellowstone National Park

  • The tour will start at the Yellowstone Forever Headquarters building at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The tour is limited to 12 people and is $50.00 per person.
  • Register here.

12:00 PM

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS – Arch Park

  • Until 6:00 PM, visit with cultural demonstrators who will be sharing their personal cultural traditions and knowledge. There will also be teepees set up for folks to view and visit.

7:00 PM

CLOSING CEREMONY & LIGHTING OF THE TEEPEES – Arch Park

  • Closing remarks from Yellowstone Forever, National Park Service, and Pretty Shield Foundation
  • Blessing
  • Round Dance & Hand DrumPatti Baldes, Northen Arapaho
  • Tribal Drum Circle

9:00 PM

LIGHTING OF THE ILLUMINATED TEEPEES – Yellowstone North Entrance

  • Pretty Shield Foundation and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council presents, Building Bridges of Peace, the nightly lighting of the illuminated teepees.