Museum of the Rockies, Extreme History Project, and Yellowstone Writing Project have partnered to offer educators a unique opportunity to earn 3 OPI renewal units. Participants will be encouraged to attend an optional self-guided tour of the museum before registration. Our PIR sessions start at 5:30 in the Redstart classroom (basement of the Museum of the Rockies). We then attend the Extreme History Project lecture at 6:00pm in Hager Auditorium and return to the Redstart classroom for light refreshments, a writing prompt, and discussion over the lecture.
March's lecture is Exploring the Apsáalooke People and Stories of Crow Fair presented by Shane Doyle and John Zumpano
For over a hundred years the Apsáalooke people have celebrated Crow Fair at Crow Agency, Montana. Originally started by a government agent as an agricultural fair, it slowly was transformed by the tribe into something more to their liking: a giant week-long reunion of friends, family and visitors. Mile-long daily horseback parades, day and night dancing contests, thrilling rodeos, Native veteran color guards, rousing drum groups, a vast tipi camp and a cornucopia of tribal regalia present a fascinating immersion in the lifestyle and traditions of Crow people. The presentation will explore this celebration of Northern Plains indigenous culture often called, "Tipi Capital of the World" with John's compelling photos and Shane's insightful commentary and songs.