Last Rock Art Hike and Art Exhibit at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park | Local News

GREAT FALLS – The First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park will hold its annual art exhibit and reception on March 19 as part of Great Falls Western Art Week. The park will also be hosting the last rock art hike of the season that day.

The guided rock art hike begins at 10 a.m. and hikers will join a park ranger on a moderate to strenuous off-trail hike along the park’s cliffs to learn about the two distinct methods of production of rock art. What are the differences between pictographs and petroglyphs? How are symbols used to interpret a people or a time? Space is limited to 20 people for this hike and reservations are required, along with a $4 fee. Please call or email Alice Southworth at 406-866-2217 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.

The art exhibition will also take place on March 19 from noon to 3:30 p.m. and will feature original works by the Kuka family, Tanya Werner and Ira Henderson.

Kingsley “King” Kuka was a local Blackfeet artist and poet known for his paintings and lithographs which he called “Kuka-graphs”. He inspired a whole generation of Native American artists with his internationally recognized work and the Vatican holds one of his paintings in their collection.

Tanya Werner is a Little Shell Chippewa and Blackfeet artist. She appeared in the park’s art exhibit in 2021 and specializes in beadwork, leatherwork, and jewelry.

Ira Hayes Henderson was born and raised in Great Falls and is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana. He has been beading since 2017 and says he loves the look on people’s faces when they see the art he has created.

Pieces will be on sale during the show and a raffle will be organized by the Kuka family. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments, view park exhibits in the Visitor Center, browse the gift shop, and hike the trails.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is 3.5 miles north of Ulm on Interstate 15 at exit 270.

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