What

A moderate to strenuous guided hike off trail to view petroglyphs and pictographs made by the First Nations people as well as European carvings made by early settlers! Then beginning at 1 pm artists DG House and the Kuka family will display samples of their artwork until 4pm.

When

10am-12pm for the hike and 1-4pm
for the Art Exhibit Saturday,
March 19, 2016.

Where

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park located 10 miles south of Great Falls on I-15: take Ulm exit, then 3.5 miles northwest on paved county road.

Join us for the final guided rock art hike of 2016. This is a great opportunity to come and learn about two distinctive methods for producing rock art. What are the differences between pictographs and petroglyphs? How are symbols used in interpreting a people or an era? Learn these answers and more as you join a park ranger on a hike that is off trail and is moderate to strenuous along the cliffs at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park!

The art show features contemporary Native American artists DG House and members of the King Kuka family. DG House is the guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. House’s work is in permanent collections worldwide including musicians Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Michael McDonald, as well as Grand Teton National Park and the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. 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 his 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, and Khol) are active in the arts as well.

The hike is $3 a person and there are 20 spots available for this end of the year adventure. Please call First Peoples Buffalo Jump at 406-866-2217 to reserve your spot. (The hikes are weather dependent and may be cancelled due to ice or snow.) There is no additional charge to attend the Art Exhibit.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump is in its winter hours of operation (October 1-March 31), Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday from 12-4pm. Admission to the park for Montana residents is free. Non-residents pay $3 for walk-in entry or $5 per vehicle.