For the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, winter was the time for story-telling in their winter campgrounds along the banks of the Washita River. In honor of this tradition, Park Rangers have chosen the first three Wednesdays in the month of the Snow Moon (February) as the time to read “Stories from the Elders” at the park’s visitor center.


Old man winter may be howling outside, but inside around the campfire from 3:30 until 5:00 it will be a time for fun, warmth, hot chocolate and cookies!  Come join us!


Schedule of story times:


February 2

Pre K- 3rd

Listen to a story/Play the Plumb stone game and win a feather!


February 9

4th -6th

Listen to a story/Make your own Warrior shield


February 16th

Junior High

Listen to a story/Make a Winter count or Warrior mask


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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era. The site is located in western Oklahoma near the town of Cheyenne, halfway between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas. The park’s new visitor center is located one mile west of Cheyenne on Highway 47A. For more information, call 580-497-2742 or check



Contact:  Kathryn Harrison at 580-497-2742

Date:  January 10, 2011