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Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.
Badlands Heritage Celebration
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.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.