Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center

Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center

On March 1, 2022, Yellowstone National Park commemorated 150 years as the world’s first national park. Yellowstone Forever and the National Park Service recognize that prior to being established as a national park, Yellowstone was the home of—and is still culturally significant to—many Tribal Nations. Currently, 27 Tribes are recognized as having cultural association with the park.

In the summer of 2022, Yellowstone Forever alongside the National Park Service, piloted the Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center. The Tribal Heritage Center highlights Native American artists, scholars, and presenters, providing an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to directly engage visitors through formal and informal education.

The Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center is located at the historic Haynes Photo Shop in the Old Faithful area. Beginning May 29, 2023, the Tribal Center, including the accompanying bookstore, will be open to the public.

Tribal Heritage Center Schedule

Below find a full list of 2022 presenters, including each presenter’s Tribal affiliation and art form. The 2023 schedule is TBD. 

5/27- 5/28 Andrea Lopez, Maya Lopez, and Amanda Rambayon | Little Shell Chippewa | Beadwork

5/31-6/4 Patti Baldes | Northern Arapaho | Photography and painting, wearable art

6/7-6/11 Alex Romero | Oglala Lakota | Hide tanning, Lakota style moccasin making

6/14-6/18 Michael Fast Buffalo Horse | Blackfeet | Ledger art and Contemporary art

6/21-6/25 Kenneth Miller, Sr and Lyle Miller, Sr. | Crow Creek Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Yankton Sioux | Traditional Lakota dance presentation

6/28-7/1 Candace Keahtigh | Kiowa, Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne | Beadwork and regalia

7/5-7/9 Kelly Lookinghorse and Kaulouyah Lookinghorse | Oglala Lakota | Rawhide painting, moccasins and hand drums

7/12-7/16 Cedar Bulltail | Crow, Arikara, Hidatsa of the Three Affiliated Tribes | Beadwork, moccasins and natural plant use

7/19-7/20 Gwendolyn B. Carter | Nez Perce | Traditional foods demonstration

7/22-7/23 Darrah Perez | Blackfeet, Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho | Storytelling and Traditional Poetry

7/26-7/30 Brenda Rygg | Little Shell Chippewa | Ribbon Skirts

8/2-8/6 Evans Flammond Sr. | Oglala Lakota, Rosebud Sioux | Hide painting, and Ledger Art drawing techniques

8/10-8/13 Stacia Morfin | Nez Perce | Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Experience

8/16-8/17 Jim Trueax | Little Shell Chippewa | Watercolor Painting

8/19-8/20 Mason Runs Through | Assiniboine | Storytelling with some drumming

8/25-8/27 April Martin | Northern Cheyenne | Storytelling and hands on demonstration with Sweetgrass

8/30-9/3 Theresa White | Coeur d’Alene | Nature photography and self-care

9/9-9/10 April Martin | Northern Cheyenne | Storytelling and hands on demonstration with Sweetgrass

9/13-9/14 Mariah Gladstone | Blackfeet | Traditional Indigenous Food

9/16-9/17 Harry Slickpoo Jr. | Nez Perce | Nez Perce stories – historical and legends

9/20-9/24 Susan Stewart | Crow | Beadwork, buffalo tallow, and other art