For over 10,000 years before Yellowstone became a national park, it was a place where Native Americans lived, hunted, fished, gathered plants, quarried obsidian, and used thermal waters for religious and medicinal purposes. Today, there are at least 27 Tribes who have historic and modern connections to the lands and resources now found within the park.
Indigenous cultural events in Yellowstone:
Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center
May 17-October 14, 2023 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Old Faithful area | View schedule of presenters
Lighting of Teepees: An Era of Unity and Inclusivity by Pretty Shield Foundation
August 1-7, 2023 | North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana | Learn more
Yellowstone Revealed 2023 by Mountain Time Arts
August 10-12, 2023 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Madison Junction | View schedule of events
Photos of Indigenous Cultural Events
View photos of Indigenous cultural events in Yellowstone National Park.
Associated Tribes of Yellowstone
27 Tribes have ties to the area and resources now found within Yellowstone National Park.
Native American Affairs
Many Tribes have a traditional connection to the land and resources of Yellowstone.
History & Culture
Explore the rich human and ecological stories that continue to unfold.
Plan Your Visit
Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan your visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.
Last updated: August 21, 2023