While Yellowstone’s history predates humans, it’s impact on people has been profound throughout the many years. The Tribal Marketplace at Yellowstone is intended to celebrate the Native people of the Northern Plains, and showcase their art and culture in a place that has provided both spiritual and personal inspiration.
The Tribal Marketplace at Yellowstone offers a place for Native artists to display and sell their work, and engage with park visitors through discussion and demonstrations. The Old Faithful Inn will serve as an especially appropriate venue, as it is a National Historic Landmark and a highly popular gathering place for park visitors today. There will also be a fashion show for the public on the evening of June 11, where several Native fashion designers will showcase their work. For more information about the artists in attendance see bios below.
In addition to the artists, we’re happy to have representatives in attendance from the American Indian College Fund and the Office of Indian Country Economic Development/Montana Department of Commerce. During the Marketplace, visitors will have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for a Yellowstone Getaway package prize worth $1,700, where the proceeds will benefit the The College Fund.
Tribal Marketplace schedule
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Native Artists displays and demonstrations (First floor lobby)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fashion Show
June 12, 13, 14
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Native Artists displays and demonstrations. (First floor lobby)
Carrie is a Chippewa Cree Little Shell Chippewa Tribal member. Her beadwork is centered in the union of today’s fashions and traditional designs and many upcycled elements. This is reflective of her personal mantra “we are still here.” Her mother taught her to bead and sew and her designs are very traditional Ojibwa but after spending 30 years among the Apsaalooke/Crow, who she’s honored to call family, her colors are surely a blend of the two tribes’ traditions.
Ms. McCleary notes, “Yellowstone Park brings a view of the change of the seasons, of the elements which bring us life. The grass is my green beads, the sky the blue beads, white represents the clouds above and yellow and orange the sun. My red beads represent the blood of our ancestors, our ancestors were here, and we are still here. I pray everyone who sees my work leaves with a good spirit and a smile!”
Traci’s work captures the spirit of the Native American woman that does indeed embody the best in female strength. From the proud lift of her chin to the strands of her hair, caught by the wind, she appears to weather all storms. Her paintings represent the way it feels to be female: to fly in the face of all that comes, with fierce dignity, energy and strength, but they also capture women’s ability to be gentle, yielding, kind, and passionate.
The daughter of Cherokee national treasure and internationally known artist, Bill Rabbit and mother, Karen Rabbit, Traci considers herself blessed to be able to work on her art while sharing time with family. She notes that she keeps one foot steeped in tradition and the other exploring the possibilities of applying modern technology to her art and business.
All items are designed & made by Della. She’s an enrolled member of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe of Montana. All her one-of-a-kind contemporary designs were taught to her by her grandparents and parents. She doesn’t produce any other tribal designs other than her own, out of respect for all tribal nations. While she has no formal training Della designs and produces each and every piece by hand.
According to Della, “My grandparents and mother taught me sewing, beading and the different geometric designs & florals of our tribe. I always wanted to represent where I come from in my clothing but with a modern day twist.”
“I say a prayer and smudge the work area and the fabric, and when I’m done I will pray and smudge the finished project,” she said. “The people who purchase items from me help me. …So, in some way, I want to return the blessing to them.”
Sam is a bead work artist and a student at the University of Montana studying Creative Writing with an emphasis in Non-Fiction and Poetry. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandmother Winona Plenty Hoops, a world renowned storyteller
Samuel Jaxin Enemy-Hunter is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation. He is descendant of Chief Enemy-Hunter and comes from the Bird-In-Ground and YellowTail families. He comes from the Greasy Mouth Clan and is a Child of the Big Lodge Clan.
Cedar worked for 12 years as a firefighter at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has had plenty of experience with Montana plants. Her business, Cedar Rose Creations, focuses on this, with her main product being a salve made of the yarrow plant. The salve has anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties.
Cedar sees that Yellowstone provides a great opportunity for her and her work. In addition to being a place that is special to her ancestors, Yellowstone brings together people from all over the nation and the world. These people will benefit from Cedar’s work. “I am doing what I love, providing a living, and helping people with Nature’s bounty with my product.” She continues, “With my beadworks, I love that they will be appreciated in their new homes.”
Located in Billings Montana, Scott Frazier began Project Indigenous as an environmental educational outreach program teaching traditional environmental knowledge.
Project Indigenous attempts to broaden the scope of environmental knowledge using the humanities as an artistic pathway to Native science. Antelope Santee dolls are Mr. Frazier’s expression through art. Mr. Frazier designs each doll as an individual within a family of 20 dolls each winter season. Antelope Santee Dolls have won many awards over the last 35 years. Each one-of-a-kind doll is hand sewn and filled with material from the Yellowstone River.