Fort Union Indian Arts Festival Set For Aug. 5-6

Join Fort Union staff and guests in celebrating Indian Arts and Culture at one of Upper Missouri’s most important historic sites.

Williston, ND - Get ready to experience a rich variety of Indian Arts and Culture at the much-anticipated Fort Union Indian Arts Festival.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is set to come alive with dancing, drumming, singing, music, games, demonstrations, and kids’ activities. On Aug. 5-6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT daily, visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of the tribes who played an essential role in the history of the Upper Missouri River Region.

New special headliners for 2023 include:

“The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers” who wowed the judges on Canada’s Got Talent

“The Indigenous Games Society” who will demonstrate and invite you to play Native games

“Matt Schanandore”, a Traditional Native American flutist and flute maker

“Lissa Yellow Bird Chase”, subject of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist book “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country”

“Shalie Sommer”, Turtle Mountain/Lakota beadwork artist

Returning artists include: 

The spectacular “Cowessess First Nation Dancers and Drummers”

“Laine Thom”, Shoshone beadwork artist and expert on modern and historic trade blankets

“Debbie and Willie Lemere”, Shoshone beadwork and flintknapping artisans

Admission and parking are free.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site: Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is a treasured National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service, 15550 Hwy. 1804 near Williston. Fort Union preserves one of the most important fur trade posts on the Upper Missouri River.

The site offers visitors an opportunity to explore the history and culture of the fur trade era through exhibits, demonstrations, and events like the Fort Union Rendezvous, Indian Arts Festival, and Living History Weekend. Find more information and the full schedule of events at:

For more information about Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, please visit our website at The park is also on social media:


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