Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Area Museum will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 13. Admission is free, a gift shop is on the premises and plenty of off-highway parking is available. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
In the last 12 and a half weeks, 591 visitors have visited the Museum, including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, and Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada.
Twenty new acquisitions, either donations or on loan, have been received this year.
Dot Balbinot’s Native American Collection
Come into the Wolf Point Area Museum and view items from Dot Balbinot’s Native American collection of miniature designs of Indian dancing apparel figures crafted by Matt Big Talk including 13 female and male traditional, southwestern, shawl, grass and jingle figurines.
Also on display are eagle feather, turkey feather, leather, wood and many beaded items crafted by local and out-of-state artisans including, but not limited to, Arlee Flynn, Yvonne Smoker, Judy Homan, Lois Reddoor Bushman, Iris Allrunner, various Big Talk family members, Joel Sparvier, Rocky Lewis, Vermae Taylor, Erlene Simmons, Teddy Hines, Curley Youpee, Elissa Barr, Dolly Stark and west coast Indians.
Two items are over 100 years old — a full beaded dress top and a purse with cross and horse head. One item is more than 75 years old — beaded purse with large pink flower.
A leather skirt from the 1951 Oil Celebration is also on display.