National Glacier Park’s Native America Speaks Artist-in-Residence program continues Friday, September 17 with Valentina LaPier, a multidisciplinary artist and educator who works with the Blackfeet Nation, Glacier Park and the Métis community. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Michif Heritage Keepers and Friends of the Plains Indian Museum and a recipient of the 2012 Blackfoot Art Awards in recognition of her contribution to the identity, pride and inspiration of the Blackfoot.
LaPier’s program will be an acrylic demonstration that shows how Blackfeet culture and the warrior resonate in his art.
Both programs start at 6:45 p.m. at the Apgar Amphitheater.
September 22, Leon Rattler, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, will present. Rattler has 30 years of experience in Native American education, cultural program development and tribal leadership. He is a member of many traditional societies, including the Southern Blackfeet Crazy Dog Society. He is also a Sundance Leader, Beaver Bundle Guardian, Traditional Artist and Dancer, and Vietnam Veteran.
Rattler’s program will be an exploration of holistic healing through the arts. It will take the environmental environment and use social, emotional, physical and mental awareness to connect participants with the spirit of self. For Rattler, art is where the earth meets the sky, the relationship to color, the time of day, the seasons, what it makes us feel and how it heals us.
The Native America Speaks program began in 1982 and is the National Park Service’s oldest Native speaker series. These evening programs and cultural presentations offer members of local tribes the opportunity to share their rich history and culture through songs, storytelling, presentations and hands-on learning.
The Native America Speaks Artist-in-Residence pilot program is an extension of the Native America Speaks program. Through weeklong residencies, the program highlights local Native American artists, their artistic disciplines and their culture.
All Native America Speaks programs are made possible by a donation from the Glacier National Park Conservancy.