A weekend of special events and a hands-on workshop is planned for Travelers' Rest State Park near Lolo Oct. 3-4.
In conjunction with the “Discover the Seasons of Travelers’ Rest” festival series, the state park will host activities centered on the theme of hunting.
The weekend line-up:
Weekend activities run from 10am-4pm each day and include special presentations, demonstrations on historical firearms and Native American hunting equipment, wildlife activities for kids and more.
Saturday presentations include an 11a.m. program on Salish place names and hunting stories by Tribal Elder Louis Adams. At 1 p.m., watch a program on the surprising history of the horse in North America by Stuart Cook.
Sunday’s presentations include Norman Jacobson’s 1 p.m. talk on wild animals that made up the menu on the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Then join Jacobson at 3 p.m. for a presentation on the history and manufacture of the Shoshone Indian hunting bow.
Visitors can also see the Travelers’ Rest museum by guided tour at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. over the weekend and daily. The museum is not open at any other time. The park is open from 9am-6pm and the visitor center is open from 10am-3pm daily.
There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the weekend events, and kids are free.
In conjunction with the October 3-4 festival, a six-hour parfleche-making workshop is planned from 10am-4pm on Saturday. Sometimes referred to as the “Indian suitcase,” a parfleche is a traditional, painted rawhide container that can come in many shapes and sizes. Make your own with local artisan, Scott Cameron. The workshop costs $25, and interested participants need to register in advance by calling 529-8211.
For a detailed line-up of the weekend events and other upcoming activities at the park, visit the Travelers’ Rest Web site at www.travelersrest.org or call 273-4253.
The weekend events are sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, and a made possible in part from a grant from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.