To support Crow and other Native American culture and arts, a number of cultural workshops will be held at Chief Plenty Coups State Park this summer as part of the Roaring Thunder series. The first workshop will be drum making on June 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the park followed by a beadwork workshop on June 16th.
Jerome Hugs Jr., a traditional artist and Crow tribal member will instruct the two-day drum-making event. The program, limited to 20 students, will be an introduction to materials and techniques used in making a traditional hand drum. Each student will create a finished hand drum to take home. Students will also experience traditional hand drum songs.
Pre-registration is required. Register by calling Chief Plenty Coups State Park at (406) 252-1289. The cost of the workshop is $30 plus materials. A list of supplies will be given upon registration. Most of the supplies can be purchased at the state park’s gift shop and will cost about $50. Lunch can be included for an additional $6.00.
A second cultural workshop, Crow Indian Beadwork, will be offered at the park on June 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Traditional native artist, Lance Hogan, will familiarize students with materials and techniques of Crow beadwork such as overlaid spot stitch, lazy stitch and crow stitch. The cost of this workshop will be $25 plus materials. Please contact the park for more information on the program, to register and to receive a list of supplies and their costs.
The Roaring Thunder Cultural Workshop series is a partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Crow tribal members and cultural instructors to support and develop traditional arts in Montana. It provides new learning opportunities for Native American and non-Native American youth, teenagers and adults.
More information on this Montana State Park and others can be found at fwp.mt.gov under “Parks and Recreation.” Please contact Chief Plenty Coups State Park at (406) 252-1289 with any questions about the Roaring Thunder Cultural Workshops or the park itself.
Montana residents have unlimited daily entry into the state parks through an optional $4 annual vehicle registration fee. This fee makes interpretive programs and facility improvements possible.