(Ulm, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Speaker Series Program: A Ledger Art Workshop.
When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m.
Where: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, 3.5 miles north of Ulm from I-15, Exit 270.
Who: Jim Ray, Great Falls area practitioner of primitive skills and volunteer instructor.
Tribes of the Great Plains once painted elaborate works of art on buffalo hides. When tribes no longer had access to the buffalo hides, they sought to continue their artwork. From the 1860’s to the 1920’s ledger art flourished as tribes obtained old accounting ledgers from traders, government agents and soldiers and continued to paint.
Join us at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park to discover this traditional art form. Learn how to draw and paint with old earth paints and modern inks. This is a great activity for all ages, where participants will create their own artwork to take home with them. Instructions and materials will be provided.
Volunteer instructor Jim Ray will be on hand to guide participants. He has worked for many years with primitive skills, such as flintlock firearms, fire making, period clothing, atlatl construction and use, beading, parfleche painting and ledger art.
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the world. The visitor center and interpretive trails tell the story of the people, the animals and the landscape of the buffalo culture. In the 2011 summer season (May—August) more than 10,000 people visited this state park.