Badlands Heritage Celebration | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Badlands Heritage Celebration

  • Badlands Heritage Celebration
Event Date: 
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 (All day)
Sunday, August 18, 2019 (All day)
Porcupine, SD 57772
(605) 433-5361

Join Badlands National Park in celebrating the area’s history and culture during this weekend event. On Friday, August 16, Allen & Jill Kirkham will present the History of Traditional American Western Music at 7:00pm in the Cedar Pass Amphitheater. Saturday, August 17 will begin with a Native Plant Walklooking at plants culturally important to the plains tribes in terms of medicinal, food, and ceremonial uses. The program will meet at the Notch Trailhead at 9:30 a.m. Learn about life on the prairie during a presentation by Yvonne Hollenbeck involving five generations of family quilts. The presentation will take place at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at 2:30 p.m. Maizie Bettelyoun will follow at 3:30 p.m. and discuss the history and meaning of the Lakota Star Quilt. Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke will give a 7:00 p.m. performance at the Cedar Pass Amphitheater. The evening will end with a presentation on the Lakota culture, history, and present day life on the reservation by Marcel Bull Bear at 8:30 p.m. 
The celebration will move to the White River Visitor Center on Sunday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In partnership with Oglala Sioux Tribe, Oglala Lakota tribal members will be presenting demonstrations. Presenters include Richard Sherman, Al Fast Wolf, Ralph Bear Killer, Vienna Kills Warrior, Melvin Young Bear and Melissa Dubray. Participants will watch a traditional buffalo butchering, learn about Lakota philosophy, and watch a Lakota horsemanship demonstration. The afternoon will end with traditional Lakota dancing and music.  The White River Visitor Center is located at the junction of BIA 27 and BIA 2, near Rockyford on the Pine Ridge Reservation.   
For additional events and information, visit the park calendar at or call Badlands National Park at 605-433-5361. 

Schedule of Events:
Friday, August 16
7:00 p.m. Allen & Jill Kirkham present a musical History of Traditional American Western Music (Cedar Pass Amphitheater – This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. Native Plant Walk (Meet at the Notch Trailhead)
2:30 p.m. Yvonne Hollenbeck presents “Patchwork of the Prairie” (Ben Reifel Visitor Center - This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
3:30 p.m. Maizie J. Bettelyoun discusses the History & Meaning of the Lakota Star Quilts (Ben Reifel Visitor Center)
7:00 p.m. Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke Performs (Cedar Pass Amphitheater)
8:30 p.m. Marcel Bull Bear presents “Lakota Culture, History, and Present Day Life on the Reservation” (Cedar Pass Amphitheater)
Sunday, August 18 – White River Visitor Center
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:15 a.m. Traditional Buffalo Butchering demonstration (not for the squeamish)
12:30 p.m.   Lakota Philosophy and Systems Thinking presentation
 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blue Moon relay show & horse demonstration
 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Taopi Cikala (Little Wound) Traditional Dancers and Porcupine Singers

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