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Tue Jun 18 14:32:00 MDT 2013

Montana State Parks News - Region 5

(Billings, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What: Pictograph Cave State Park will be hosting a Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau Program “Before the Horse: Northern Rockies Lifestyles” by Kea Cheatham

Indian people of the Northern Rockies are most often considered part of the American Indian Horse Culture; yet their history existed long before the modern horse appeared 280 years ago. Cheatham talks about those centuries before the horse, when the extensive use of dogs was most prevalent. She gives details about the size of lodges, village layout, and the use of dogs as draft animals. To illustrate the program, Cheatham uses maps and photos, as well as animal replicas, with their bundles and sledges (travois). She discusses how and why people traveled and hunting procedures. Throughout the program, Cheatham challenges young people to show the knowledge they already have through questions and problem solving. She stresses the resourcefulness of the region's first immigrants, and encourages people to re-think how ancient cultures are perceived and the importance of this history.

When: Saturday, June 22th at 7:00 pm

Where: Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Rd
Billings, MT 59101.

Take exit 452 off I-90, five miles south of Billings.

Presenter: Kea Cheatham- author, photographer and researcher

This Montana State Parks Speaker Series is provided in partnership with Humanities Montana (, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Jarret Kostrba
Park Manager,
Pictograph Cave State Park

Leslie Dinsmore
Montana State Parks AmeriCorps Member,
Pictograph Cave State Park