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2017-08-10 / Headlines

Badlands Heritage Celebration Set For Aug. 19

BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
LCT EDITOR


Kevin Locke will start the Badlands Heritage Celebration with a performance on Saturday, August 19 at 7:00pm. Kevin Locke will start the Badlands Heritage Celebration with a performance on Saturday, August 19 at 7:00pm. CEDAR PASS – The Badlands White River Visitor Center is set to host a celebration of heritage later this month.

Each year, the Cedar Pass Lodge hosts the Badlands Heritage Celebration. The year the event will feature local Lakota artisians as well as world famous Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke.

Locke will start the Badlands Heritage Celebration with a performance on Saturday, August 19 at 7:00pm. In addition to hoop dancing, Kevin is a preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator. His performance will take place at the Cedar Pass Amphitheater.

On Sunday, August 20 the Badlands White River Visitor Center will host the Heritage Celebration from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The celebration’s activities will focus on Lakota history and traditional ways of life. Demonstrations will include the traditional uses for the bison, raising a tipi, traditional dancing, and artwork. At 1:00pm, Delacina Chief Eagle will demonstrate her horsemanship, show how to saddle and bridle a horse and discuss the history and significance of the horse to the Lakota people.

Kevin Locke will perform his flute playing and storytelling at 2:00pm. Native American artists will demonstrate and share their traditions throughout the day.

“The scenic landscape of the badlands has great historical and spiritual significance to the Lakota people,” stated Superintendent Mike Pflaum. “We invite everyone to join us in learning about the Lakota and their heritage during the celebration.”

Badlands National Park’s White River Visitor Center is located at the junction of BIA 27 and BIA 2, north of Rockyford, SD. Visitors can also enjoy exhibits and films about Lakota history and culture at the White River Visitor Center.

For additional events and information, visit the park calendar at www.nps. gov/badl or call Badlands National Park at 605-433- 5361.

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