Take off at the Buffalo Kite Festival
NEAR ULM – First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park hosted the eighth annual Buffalo Kite Festival on Saturday. The festival is free and will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors learned about the art of the bison featured on the kites and have the opportunity to create their own kite and watch it soar above the bison leap.
Blackfoot tribe member Don Fish hosted an opening ceremony to kick off the activities, and the festival featured original creations by Indigenous artists including DG House (Cherokee), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead Salish ), Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), Rabbit Knows Gun (Raven) and others.
A press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks indicates that the Festival is a cooperative effort of Montana State Parks with Terry Zee Lee (founder of SkyWindWorld) and Drake Smith. Zee Lee has worked with Native American artists from across the United States to develop unique buffalo-themed kites, and SkyWindWorld is a non-profit agency that organizes and sponsors kite flying events, workshops and traveling exhibitions to locations in Montana and Canada.
Kite kits are available for purchase for $ 6 during the event. The First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is located 3.5 miles north of Ulm, just off Interstate 15 at exit 270.