First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Visitor Center Slideshow
The Visitor Center at First Peoples Buffalo Jump is a 6,000sq ft facility filled with fascinating exhibits exploring theculture of pre-historic buffalo hunting tribes.
Guests have the opportunity to learn about the history ofthis amazing place from park staff and volunteers in ourviewing area.
The viewing area also includes finely crafted stained glass murals bywell known Blackfeet artist Leonda Fast Buffalo Horse. The imagesreveal possible expressions of buffalo as they traveled towards theedge of the jump.
The Storytelling area offers guests a chance to learn moreabout Montana’s seven reservations and twelve tribes,many of whom once used the buffalo jump.
The Interpretive Hall contains a buffalo hide tipi made of 14 hides. It wasprepared the traditional way – tanned, smoked over the campfire andsewn together with sinew from the buffalo.
The display panels in the Interpretive Hall tell the story ofthe peoples’ unique relationship to the buffalo.
There are several interpretive drawers where guests have theopportunity for more hands on exploration.
The stunning mural in the Interpretive Hallincludes all four seasons. This scene depictswinter camp.
Our gift shop contains an outstanding collectionof books on tribal culture.
We also have a large selection of Native Americanarts and crafts from tribal artists.
At our touch table, kids and adults can get up closeand personal with several natural objects found in thelocal area.
We have five buffalo mounts in the Visitor Center –these two mature bulls, a 3 year old bull fromYellowstone, and a mother and calf.
We also have several appealing pieces of art throughout theVisitor Center. This one is called the “Pishkun’s Edge” andshows what would have happened at the cliff’s edge duringa buffalo hunt.
Our classroom contains an exhibit on the archaeological digs at First PeoplesBuffalo Jump along with several artifacts found in the local area .
After exploring the Visitor Center, guests can relax and enjoy a picniclunch on the patio with an excellent view of the buffalo jump. Then hikeor drive to the top of the jump to fully experience this special place.