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Badlands Heritage Celebration

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Date: July 22, 2010
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Badlands National Park’s Division of Resource Education will hold the 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 31, 2010, from 9:30am to approximately 11:00pm. Activities will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee. 

Traditional Lakota music and dance performances will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants include: Robert Two Crow as the Master of Ceremonies; Dallas Chief Eagle will be hoop dancing; Jeanne Bedell will explain cradleboards; Michael He Crow will demonstrate flint knapping, bow making, and the use of an atlatl; Guest speaker, Donovin Sprague will be give a talk entitled “From Lewis & Clark to Wounded Knee” at 7:00 p.m. The Badlands Night Sky Program will be presented by a Park Ranger at 9:00 p.m., followed by opportunities for visitors to experience the Badlands night sky using park telescopes and binoculars.

A Bison Box program, exploring the traditional uses of the bison, will be presented at the tipi camp located next to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Native American artists will demonstrate and share their traditions throughout the day. Art and craft items will also be available for purchase.

This event is made possible through funding from Badlands Natural History Association, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and the National Park Service. 

 -NPS-

Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.