Native America Speaks

Native America Speaks 40th Anniversary Logo
Native America Speaks 40th Anniversary Logo

Program History

Each summer Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille tribal members share knowledge of their history and culture as part of the Native America Speaks program. This program began in 1982 and is the longest running indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service. Native America Speaks programs are generally offered at park campgrounds and historic lodges, in the St. Mary Visitor Center, and in locations throughout the Blackfeet Nation. In addition, cultural presentations are offered at the 1913 Ranger Station, along Two Medicine Lake, and at Logan Pass star parties. To learn more about Native America Speaks, view this short film made in 2019 that chronicles the history of the program through the voices of the presenters.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Native America Speaks program.
To celebrate this milestone, the Glacier National Park Conservancy held a student art contest to create the first ever logo for Native America Speaks. The contest winner was Henrietta Wolf Black, a student at the Salish and Kootenai College. To learn more about Henrietta's design read this interview with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Native America Speaks in 2022 by attending a program or event.

 
Blackfeet Tipis
Blackfeet Tipis

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Program Highlights

Native America Speaks evening programs and cultural presentations provide opportunities for local tribal members to share their rich history and culture through singing, storytelling, presentations, and hands-on learning. In addition to programs offered in the park, Native America Speaks presentations are also offered on the Blackfeet Nation at several locations including the Museum of the Plains Indian, the Heritage Center, and Chewing Black Bones Campground. Learn more about each of the presenters here. Recordings of several presentations from 2019 are also available: Vernon Finley, Don Fish, Tony Incashola, Darnell Rides At The Door, Treyace Yellow Owl, Ernie Heavy Runner, and Mariah Gladstone.

The Blackfeet Singers and Dancers provide insight into contemporary and traditional Blackfeet history and culture through narration and fancy, jingle, traditional, and grass dance demonstrations.

All Native America Speaks programs are made possible through a generous donation from the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Summer 2022 Schedule of Programs and Cultural Presentations

 
June 16, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Jack Gladstone - Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
June 18, Sat., 11:00 am - Darnell and Smokey Rides At The Door, Cultural Presentation, 1913 Ranger Station, St. Mary
June 19, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater 
June 20, Mon., 8:00 pm - Steve Arca, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
June 20, Mon., 8:00 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
June 21, Tues., 8:00 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
June 22, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
June 22, Wed., 8:00 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
June 23, Thurs., 8:00 pm - Edwin "Sooney" Little Plume Sr., Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
June 24, Fri., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater 
June 24, Fri., 8:00 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
June 25, Sat., 11:00 am - Iron Shield Creative, Cultural Presentation, Two Medicine South Shore Trailhead
June 25, Sat., 8:00 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
June 26, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
June 27, Mon., 8:00 pm - Vernon Finley, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
June 27, Mon., 8:00 pm - Iron Shield Creative, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
June 28, Tues., 8:00 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
June 29, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
June 29, Wed., 8:00 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
June 30, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Don Fish, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
June 30, Thurs. 8:00 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb

*The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning charges a fee. Ticket costs are as follows: Adults - $6.00, Children 6-16 - $2.00, Children under 6 - Free, Senior Citizen (over 65) - $5.00, Groups of 10 or more - $5.00 per person, School Groups (students and escorts) - Free, Blackfeet Tribal members - Free upon presentation of Tribal identification card. Museum of the Plains Indian hours are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. 

 
July 1, Fri., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 2, Sat., 8:00 pm - Danielle Antelope, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 3, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 4, Mon., 8:00 pm - Vernon Finley, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
July 4, Mon., 8:00 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 5, Tues., 8:00 pm - Helen Dayle Carlson, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 6, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 6, Wed., 8:00 pm - Alicia and Taos Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 7, Thurs., 8:00 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
July 8, Fri., 8:00 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 9, Sat., 8:00 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater 
July 10, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 11, Mon., 8:00 pm - Genevieve Huitt, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
July 11, Mon., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 12, Tues., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 13, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presenation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 13, Wed., 8:00 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 14, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
July 14, Thurs., 8:00 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
July 15, Fri., 8:00 pm - Danielle Antelope, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 16, Sat., 11:00 am - Iron Shield Creative, Cultural Presentation, Two Medicine South Shore Trailhead
July 16, Sat., 8:00 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 17, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 18, Mon., 8:00 pm - Aspen Decker, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
July 18, Mon., 8:00 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 19, Tues., 8:00 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 20, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 20, Wed., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 21, Thurs., 8:00 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
July 22, Fri., 9:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater
July 22, Fri., 8:00 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 23, Sat., 11:00 am - Danielle Antelope and Termaine Edmo, Cultural Presentation, 1913 Ranger Station, St. Mary
July 23, Sat., 8:00 pm - Iron Shield Creative, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 24, Sun., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 25, Mon., 8:00 pm - Frank Finley, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
July 25, Mon., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 26, Tues., 8:00 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
July 27, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 27, Wed., 8:00 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 28, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
July 28, Thurs., 8:00 pm - Edwin "Sooney" Little Plume Sr., Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
July 29, Fri., 8:00 pm - Presenter to be determined, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
July 30, Sat., 8:00 pm - Don Fish, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
July 31, Sun., 8:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater


*The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning charges a fee. Ticket costs are as follows: Adults - $6.00, Children 6-16 - $2.00, Children under 6 - Free, Senior Citizen (over 65) - $5.00, Groups of 10 or more - $5.00 per person, School Groups (students and escorts) - Free, Blackfeet Tribal members - Free upon presentation of Tribal identification card. Museum of the Plains Indian hours are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. 
 


 
Aug. 1, Mon., 7:30 pm - Steve Arca, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 1, Mon., 7:30 pm - Iron Shield Creative, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 2, Tues., 7:30 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 3, Wed., 7:00 pm - Blackfeet Singers and Dancers, Cultural Presentation, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 3, Wed., 7:30 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 4, Thurs., 7:30 pm - Danielle Antelope, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
Aug. 5, Fri., 7:30 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 6, Sat., 7:30 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 7, Sun., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 8, Mon., 7:30 pm - Genevieve Huitt, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 8, Mon., 7:30 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 9, Tues., 7:30 pm - Kevin Kicking Woman, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 10, Wed., 7:30 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 10, Wed., 7:30 pm - Helen Dayle Carlson, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 11, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
Aug. 11, Thurs., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
Aug. 12, Fri., 7:30 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 13, Sat., 11:00 am - Mariah Gladstone, Cultural Presentation, 1913 Ranger Station, St. Mary
Aug. 13, Sat., 7:30 pm - Joseph Running Crane, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 14, Sun., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 15, Mon., 7:30 pm - Frank Finley, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 15, Mon., 7:30 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 16, Tues., 7:30 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 17, Wed., 7:30 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 18, Thurs., 7:30 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
Aug. 19, Fri., 7:30 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 20, Sat., 11:00 am - Iron Shield Creative, Cultural Presentation, Two Medicine South Shore Trailhead
Aug. 20, Sat., 7:30 pm - Don Fish, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 21, Sun., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 22, Mon., 7:30 pm - Steve Arca, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 22, Mon., 7:30 pm - Don Fish, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 23, Tues., 1:00 pm - Darnell Rides At The Door, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
Aug. 23, Tues., 7:30 pm - Alicia and Taos Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 24, Wed., 7:30 pm - Mariah Gladstone, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 25, Thurs., 7:30 pm - Edwin "Sooney" Little Plume Sr., Evening Program, Chewing Black Bones Campground Amphitheater, Babb
Aug. 26, Fri., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 26, Fri., 7:30 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 27, Sat., 7:30 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 28, Sun., 7:30 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 29, Mon., 7:30 pm - Vernon Finley, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 29, Mon., 7:30 pm - Robert Hall, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Aug. 30, Tues., 7:30 pm - Danielle Antelope, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Aug. 31, Wed., 7:30 pm - Ernie Heavy Runner, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater

*The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning charges a fee. Ticket costs are as follows: Adults - $6.00, Children 6-16 - $2.00, Children under 6 - Free, Senior Citizen (over 65) - $5.00, Groups of 10 or more - $5.00 per person, School Groups (students and escorts) - Free, Blackfeet Tribal members - Free upon presentation of Tribal identification card. Museum of the Plains Indian hours are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. 
 
Sept. 2, Fri., 7:00 pm - Termaine Edmo, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Sept 3, Sat., 7:00 pm - Treyace Yellow Owl, Evening Program, Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Sept. 4, Sun., 7:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater
Sept. 5, Mon., 7:00 pm - Genevieve Huitt, Evening Program, Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Sept. 5, Mon., 7:00 pm - Danielle Antelope, Evening Program, Rising Sun Picnic Area
Sept. 8, Thurs., 1:00 pm - Danielle Antelope, Cultural Presentation, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning*
Sept. 11, Sun., 7:00 pm - Jack Gladstone, Evening Program, Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater

*The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning charges a fee. Ticket costs are as follows: Adults - $6.00, Children 6-16 - $2.00, Children under 6 - Free, Senior Citizen (over 65) - $5.00, Groups of 10 or more - $5.00 per person, School Groups (students and escorts) - Free, Blackfeet Tribal members - Free upon presentation of Tribal identification card. Museum of the Plains Indian hours are 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. 
 
 
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