Experience a journey into Native American art and culture at the 2020 Celebration of Native Plains Artists. This premier Western Art week showcase of fine art and crafts exclusively features Native American artists and artisans. Enjoy traditional Native American dancers and drummers with the Missouri River Dance Company on Friday evening and events throughout the week reflecting the rich history of the Native American people. The show features full-size tepees, Native American regalia and artifacts, and authentic Native American traditional dancers and drummers. For more information on this show please contact Leah Noel at 406-564-5612

Montana ExpoPark Four Seasons Arena | 400 3rd Street NW, Great Falls, Montana

Thursday, March 19, 2020

10 AM Show Open

5:00pm Daily Raffle Drawing

6:00 – 7:15pm “Stories of the First People: Indigenous Reflections Under the Big Sky”

Through stories and music, a reflection of the history, culture and traditions of the Plains Native Americans. Join Montana’s Troubadour, Jack Gladstone, as he illustrates Western and Native American culture through a mosaic of music and storytelling. In a panorama of lyric and spoken word, Jack presents the ‘poetry of the soul that identifies us’, covering the origins and archeology, from the late 17-1800’s ‘when land belonged to God’ through the fur trade, the treaties and the world we live in today. Jack will debut “Waiting for a Chinook”, from his CD that will be released this year. Celebration of Native Plains featured artist Darrell Norman will narrate the show with Jack on Thursday, March 19 from 6 to 7:15pm.

8 PM Show Close

Friday, March 20, 2020

10 AM Show Open

4:00pm – 5:00pm Introduction to American Indian Parflach

Jimmy Ray of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (Great Western Living and Design Show)

5:00pm Daily Raffle Drawing

6:00 – 7:00pm “Interpretation of Blackfeet Legends: Origin of the Bear”

Friday evening’s entertainment is provided by the Missouri River Dance Company, an all Native American Dance group that performs traditional dance along with story- telling and interpretation.    Dugan Coburn, executive director of Missouri River Dance Company. “It’s good to share the Native American stories with the public. Many artists catch the movement of the dancers and we give the public the opportunity to see it.”  The company was founded in 2009 and is located in Great Falls, Montana.  The dancers are made up of Native American from many different tribes and range in age from seven to elder.  You can reach the Missouri River Dance Company at (406)781-8852.

8 PM Show Close

Saturday, March 21, 2020

10 AM Show Open

11:00am – 5:00pm (on the hour) “Native American Dance Regalia Interpretation”

Saturday we are featuring Missouri River Dance Company dancers presenting the regalia they wear in dances such as the jingle, the fancy shawl and traditional dances. Learn about the meaning of the dance and how the regalia that they wear reflects that.

5:00pm Daily Raffle Drawing

6:00pm Pollo Locco Performance (Great Western Living & Design Show)

8 PM Show Close

Sunday, March 22, 2020

10 AM Show Open

3 PM Show Close