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Buffalo Kite Festival
Starting Date Saturday July 2, 2016
End DateSunday July 3, 2016
Time10:00 AM  - 6:00 PM
Location First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Contact Clark Calrson-Thompson
(406) 866-2217
DescriptionJoin us at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park for our Buffalo Kite Festival. Terry Zee Lee has worked with Native American artists from around the United States to develop buffalo-themed kites. Come make your own kite and view these beautiful kites and watch as the kites take flight from the buffalo jump ¿ wind permitting. Terry will be joined by John and Karen Burkhardt who helped with the very first Buffalo Kite Festival.
Kite kits will be available to purchase for $5 on Saturday. Come make your own kite and fly it (wind permitting) at the Jump from 10am ¿ noon and 1pm ¿ 3pm each day. Enjoy watching the professionals with the kites throughout the day and from 3pm ¿ 6pm.
The Buffalo Kite Festival at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is part of a traveling kite exhibit shown at various locations in Montana and Canada in association with the Buffalo Kite Project. The festival features original designs created by Native artists, including Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead Salish); Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota); Allen Knows His Gun (Crow) ¿ to name just a few. Illustrated with bison images, kites will be flown where Native people once used the landscape to hunt buffalo for food, clothing, shelter, tools, and so much more.
In addition to the flight of the kites, the weekend will include a brief introduction describing the project and explaining the buffalo art on the kites. The event is sure to be great fun for visitors of all ages.
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 and workshops, and traveling exhibits; and Montana State Parks.