7th annual kite festival at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park this weekend

Montana State Parks is hosting the 7th annual Buffalo Kite Festival at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park July 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

SkyWindWorld, Inc. founder Terry Zee Lee will be participating in the festival. Lee has worked with Native American artists from around the United States to develop unique buffalo-themed kites. Learn about the buffalo art featured on the kites and meet two of the artists involved with the project; Rabbit Knows Gun, a Crow artist from Billings, and DG House, a prolific Cherokee artist from Bozeman.

This family-friendly event is fun for visitors of all ages. Create your own kite and watch as it takes flight over the buffalo jump. Make traditional Native game pieces or try your hand at shooting a primitive bow and arrow or atlatl. Kite kits will be available to purchase for $5 on the days of the festival.

Don Fish (Blackfoot) will perform an opening ceremony to start the activities. Food will be available for purchase all weekend at Vintage Nana’s Indian Taco Truck. For more information call the park visitor center at 406-866-2217.

The Buffalo Kite Festival at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is a cooperative effort of Terry Lee Zee and Drake Smith of SkyWindWorld, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that organizes and sponsors kite flies, workshops, traveling exhibits shown at various locations in Montana and Canada in association with the Buffalo Kite Project and Montana State Parks. The festival features original designs from Native artists, including DG House (Cherokee), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead Salish), Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), Rabbit Knows Gun (Crow), and others.

The festival is held at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, 342 Ulm Vaughn Road.

The park is 3.5 miles north of Ulm, just off Interstate 15 at Exit 270.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is one of the largest buffalo jumps in North America. The visitor center and interpretive trails tell the story of the people, the animals and the landscape of the buffalo culture. In 2014 more than 17,000 people visited this state park.