Native American Pow Wow Hosted By Northern Plains Oyate Will Be The Featured During Indian Arts Showcase


August 1, 2018 | View PDF

Native American music, dancing, and culture are part of this year’s annual Indian Arts Showcase at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. The Native American group, Northern Plains Oyate will be hosting a traditional pow wow this Saturday August 4. There will be additional Native American dancing on Sunday August 5. Native American artists will be displaying their works on both days. This event is free.

“The Indian Arts Showcase is one event that highlights the history and culture of the Northern plains tribes. Included are presentations, music, and traditional crafts to help connect visitors with this rich culture,” says Ranger Yellow Bird. The Northern Plains Oyate group will be sponsoring their first annual pow wow at Fort Union. The pow wow will be on Saturday starting at about 9:30am and go until the park closes at 6:00 pm. Descendants of Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse will be presenting on their ancestor. Known as the Clown family, they will talk about the oral traditions and history of Crazy Horse. Members of the Hidatsa tribe will also have horseback riders come in and talk about the Xo’ shga riders and their mission during the event as well.

“Native American artisans continue to be part of the program as well, displaying their traditional arts and crafts throughout the day. Their knowledge with traditional arts and crafts continues to be the legacy for the Indian Arts Showcase. Our programs continue to give our visitors an experience they might never get in their lifetime,” says Ranger Yellow Bird. We appreciate the tribes who continue to come and help bring this opportunity to our visitors.”

This event is possible because of support provided by the many sponsors of the Northern Plains Oyate, The Friends of Fort Union, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation office of councilman Fred Fox, the Fort Union Cooperative Association and the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Park hours are from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm CDT daily at Fort Union. Fort Union Trading Post is located 24 miles north of Sidney, Montana and 25 miles southwest of Williston, North Dakota, via highway 1804. While here, visitors are encouraged to tour the reconstructed fort, trade room and Bourgeois house.

For more information on Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site contact the park at 701-572-9083. Facebook at:


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