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Glacier National Park Announces the Native America Speaks Series

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Date: June 20, 2011
Contact: Ellen Blickhan, 406 888-5838

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille tribal members will once again share their knowledge of the history and culture of Native America with Glacier National Park visitors this summer as part of the 2011 Glacier National Park Native America Speaks program.

Free 45-minute campground programs will begin the week of June 19th and are offered in the campgrounds at Apgar on Mondays; Many Glacier on Tuesdays; Two Medicine on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Rising Sun on Thursdays. Programs start at 8 p.m. during most of the summer; however, beginning August 14th programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. This season's speakers include: Kenneth Eagle Speaker, a Blackfeet/Blood from southern Alberta and Browning
Vernon Finley, a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe who works on the Kootenai Cultural Committee
Jack Gladstone, a Blackfeet singer/songwriter from St. Mary and Kalispell
Brad Hall, a Blackfeet tribal member and educator
Ernie Heavy Runner, a Blackfeet storyteller from Browning
Gen Huitt, a Pend d'Oreille singer/songwriter from St. Paul, Minnesota
Edward North Peigan, a Blackfeet speaker and teacher of language and culture.

In addition to the campground program, the Native America Speaks program includes three programs offered at other venues than the campgrounds. Blackfeet tribal member Roger Vielle will present a new program where he will erect a tipi outside the St. Mary Visitor Center. Titled "Memories of the Circle," this program is a time of sharing and storytelling in the tipi, at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 28 through September 2.

The Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers provide insight into contemporary and traditional Blackfeet history and culture through narration and fancy, jingle, traditional, and grass dance demonstrations. The Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers are led by Joe McKay and Ray Croff. They will perform at the St. Mary Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 29 through August 10. Tickets for these performances are $5.00 (free for children 12 and under) and are available at the St. Mary Visitor Center Bookstore. Seating is limited.

Jack Gladstone, a Grammy-nominated Blackfeet singer/songwriter, will also present his popular "Buckskin PoetSongs" program, which uses original live music to discuss and honor Native American contributions to American culture. "Buckskin PoetSongs" programs will take place in the Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. on the following dates: June 24; July 1, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; and September 2. The program will also be presented at the Many Glacier Hotel at 8 p.m. on June 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; and August 7, 21, 28. Tickets for "Buckskin PoetSongs" are $5.00 (free for children 12 and under) and are available at the door. Proceeds help support the Native America Speaks interpretive initiative in Glacier National Park.

All Native American interpretive programs offered at Glacier National Park are made possible through a generous donation from the Glacier Association. As an official partner of the park, the Glacier Association is authorized by the National Park Service (NPS) to sell educational materials and publications in the park visitor centers and ranger stations. Each year the Association contributes a generous portion of their revenue to the park to support interpretive and educational programming.

In addition to the Native America Speaks series, National Park Service Interpretive Rangers will lead walks, talks, and conduct evening programs beginning on June 12. The Ranger Led Activities newspaper highlights both the Native America Speaks Series and the Interpretive Ranger programs and can be found at entrance stations, visitor centers and online at http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/ranger-led-activities.htm. - NPS –

Glacier National Park Native America Speaks Programs 2011       

Date

Time

Program

Speaker

Location

June 19    Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

June 20    Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Vernon Finley

Apgar Campground

June 21    Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

June 22    Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

June 23    Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

June 24    Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

June 25    Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Two Medicine Campground

June 26    Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

June 27    Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

June 28    Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

June 28    Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

June 29    Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

June 29    Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

June 30    Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

July 1        Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 1        Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 2        Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Brad Hall

Two Medicine Campground

July 3        Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

July 4        Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Gen Huitt

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 4        Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

July 5        Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 5        Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

July 6        Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 6        Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

July 7        Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Rising Sun Campground

July 8        Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 8        Fri.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Gen Huitt

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 9        Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Brad Hall

Two Medicine Campground

July 10     Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

July 11     Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

July 12     Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 12     Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

July 13     Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 13     Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

July 14     Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

July 15     Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 15     Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 16     Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

July 17     Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

July 18     Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Vernon Finley

Apgar Campground

July 19     Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 19     Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

July 20     Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 20     Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

July 21     Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Rising Sun Campground

July 22      Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 22      Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 23      Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

July 24      Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

July 25      Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

July 26      Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 26      Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

July 27      Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 27      Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

July 28      Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

July 29      Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

July 29      Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

July 30      Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

July 31      Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Aug. 1       Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Vernon Finley

Apgar Campground

Aug. 2       Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 2       Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

Aug. 3       Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 3       Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 4       Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

Aug. 5       Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 5       Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Aug. 6       Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 7       Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Aug. 8       Mon.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

Aug. 9       Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 9       Tues.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

Aug. 10     Wed.

7:30 pm

*Two Medicine Lake Singers and Dancers

Joe McKay and Ray Croff

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 10     Wed.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 11     Thurs.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Rising Sun Campground

Aug. 12      Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 12      Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Aug. 13      Sat.

8:00 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 15      Mon.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Vernon Finley

Apgar Campground

Aug. 16      Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 16      Tues.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Campground

Aug. 17      Wed.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 18     Thurs.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Rising Sun Campground

Aug. 19      Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 19      Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Aug. 20      Sat.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 21      Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Aug. 22      Mon.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Jack Gladstone

Apgar Campground

Aug. 23      Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 23      Tues.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Many Glacier Campground

Aug. 24       Wed.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 25     Thurs.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Rising Sun Campground

Aug. 26         Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 26         Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Aug. 27         Sat.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 28         Sun.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Aug. 29       Mon.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Apgar Campground

Aug. 30       Tues.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Aug. 30       Tues.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Aug. 31       Wed.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

Sept. 1      Thurs.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Rising Sun Campground

Sept. 2           Fri.

2:00 pm

Memories of the Circle

Roger Vielle

St. Mary Visitor Center

Sept. 2           Fri.

8:00 pm

*Buckskin PoetSongs

Jack Gladstone

Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium

Sept. 3          Sat.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Sept. 5        Mon.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Apgar Campground

Sept. 6        Tues.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Many Glacier Campground

Sept. 7        Wed.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Ernie Heavy Runner

Two Medicine Campground

Sept. 8      Thurs.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Kenneth Eagle Speaker

Rising Sun Campground

Sept. 10      Sat.

7:30 pm

Native America Speaks

Edward North Peigan

Two Medicine Campground

*A fee is charged for programs marked with an asterisk. Proceeds help support Glacier National Park's Native America Speaks program.                                                                                                                                                               

Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.