Indigenous Arts and Cultural Demonstration Program

 
a Native artist paints a large face
Lyle Miller paints at Colter Bay

NPS Photo/BK Appleby

 

About the Program

Each summer, Grand Teton National Park hosts Indigenous artists at the Colter Bay Visitor Center to share their traditional and contemporary art with park visitors. This annual summer program will run from mid-May through late-September at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and is proudly supported by the Grand Teton Association.

Visitors are invited to learn about Indigenous cultures through demonstrations where participating artists share the cultural traditions of their tribes through painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, musical instruments, and more. Artists will offer their finished items for purchase. The Indigenous Arts and Cultural Demonstration Program is available when the Colter Bay Visitor Center is open.

Most Saturday nights at 7 p.m. throughout the summer, visiting artists will offer live performances and talks at the Colter Bay Amphitheater, available to the public. See below for the current artist and speaker series schedules (each summer's schedule will be posted by May 1).

Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are the homelands of 24 Associated Tribes with ancestral and cultural connections.

Program History

This program has been underway since the mid-1970s, when the Colter Bay Visitor Center was also home to the Indian Arts Museum and the extensive Vernon Collection. Although the official start date of the program is unknown, Grand Teton National Park feels confident that artists have been demonstrating their crafts and sharing their cultures for more than 40 years. Since it was first created, this program has been called the “American Indian Guest Artist Program.” With the exception of 2020 (due to the global COVID-19 pandemic), the program has proudly been in operation every year since the mid-1970s. We estimate that 2024 will be the 45th year of this engaging and rewarding program, now known as the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Demonstration Program.

 

Interested in Participating?

Each February, Grand Teton National Park begins accepting applications for the upcoming summer's Indigenous Arts and Cultural Demonstration Program. The application period will be open from mid-February to mid-March (approximately four weeks). Interested artists will need to apply by submitting a program application. First time applicants and artists who have applied before and not yet been admitted to the program must be from the 24 Associated Tribes. Read through How to Apply completely to ensure all necessary qualifications have been met.

 
 

2023 American Indian Guest Artist Summer Schedule

At the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Date Artist Tribe Art Form
May 23 - 29 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Arrowheads, Beadwork, & Quillwork
May 30 - June 5 Dani Windchief Bahnsen Assiniboine Watercolor, Oil, & Acrylic Paintings
June 6 - 12 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Arrowheads, Beadwork, & Quillwork
June 13 - 19 Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. Arikara / Hidatsa Ledger Art
June 20 - 26 Andrea Two Bulls Oglala Lakota Nation Beadwork & Painting
June 27 - July 3 Dallin Maybee Northern Arapaho/ Seneca Beadwork, Painting, & Jewelry
July 4 - 10 Kelly Looking Horse Lakota Sioux Drums, Dream Catchers, & Medicine Pouches
July 11 - 17 Amanda Teton-Coby Shoshone Beadwork
July 18 - 24 Debbie & James Rattling Leaf Northern Arapaho Beadwork & Painted Skulls
July 25 - July 31 DG House Cherokee Painting, Prints, & Photographs
August 1 - 7 Laine Thom Shoshone / Goshute / Paiute Shoshonean Beadwork
August 8 - 14 Josie Broncho & Diane Trahant Shoshone / Paiute Beadwork
August 15 - 21 Iris Sully Sicangu Lakota Carved Dolls & Beadwork
August 22 - 28 Paul Hacker Choctaw Flutes, Knives, Ledger Art, & Pottery
August 29 - September 4 Nancy Nacki & Clyde Hall Shoshone Beadwork & Silverwork
September 5 - 14 Laine Thom Shoshone / Goshute / Paiute Shoshonean Beadwork
September 18 - October 2 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Arrowheads, Beadwork, & Quillwork
 

2023 American Indian Guest Artist Speaker Series

At the Colter Bay Amphitheater, Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Date Artist Tribe Program
May 27 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Native American Sign Language & Magic Performance by Wilbur the Coyote Trickster!
June 3 Dani Windchief Bahnsen Assiniboine Stories from Assiniboine Elders and Guided Meditation
June 10 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Native American Sign Language & Magic Performance by Wilbur the Coyote Trickster!
June 17 Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. Arikara / Hidatsa Traditional Storytelling & History of Ledger Art
June 24 Andrea Two Bulls Oglala Lakota Nation Storytelling and Indigenous History
July 1 Laine Thom Shoshone/ Goshute/ Paiute "Far More Than Beauty": Natural and Global Trade Goods Used in Creating Cultural Materials and Significance
July 8 Kelly Looking Horse Lakota Sioux Native American Dancing & Drumming
July 22 Debbie & James Rattling Leaf Northern Arapaho Indigenous Star Knowledge: Explorations of the Indigenous Universe
July 29 DG House Cherokee Painting Bears with Indigenous Artist DG House
August 5 Laine Thom Shoshone/ Goshute/ Paiute "Far More Than Beauty": Natural and Global Trade Goods Used in Creating Cultural Materials and Significance
August 19 Iris Sully Sicangu Lakota Lewis and Clark Timeframe as it Pertains to Lakota Art
August 26 Paul Hacker Choctaw Native American Flute Playing & Ledger Art
September 2 Nancy Nacki & Clyde Hall Shoshone Native American Indian Flute Performance with Hovia Edwards
September 9 Laine Thom Shoshone / Goshute / Paiute "Far More Than Beauty": Natural and Global Trade Goods Used in Creating Cultural Materials and Significance
September 23 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Native American Sign Language & Magic Performance by Wilbur the Coyote Trickster!
September 30 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Native American Sign Language & Magic Performance by Wilbur the Coyote Trickster!

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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