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‘Voices of Yellowstone’ to celebrate indigenous cultures

(Yellowstone National Park)

GARDINER, Mont. — “Voices of Yellowstone: First Peoples Celebration” will be held Aug. 4-10, in Gardiner, Montana.

This week-long event, hosted by Yellowstone Forever and Yellowstone National Park in collaboration with the Pretty Shield Foundation, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council and the 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.

The event will begin on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 4 with an opening ceremony featuring a blessing, drumming, and opening remarks, marking the beginning of a week filled with cultural immersion and community engagement.

Event highlights throughout the week will include the Illuminated Teepees, cultural demonstrations, an Indigenous art market, a Native games night, cultural tours, and a community potluck.

The event will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 10 with an evening closing ceremony featuring guest speakers, a drum circle, and the final lighting of the Illuminated Teepees, bringing the celebration to a poignant and powerful close.

To view a detailed scheduled of events, people can go online here.