May 30 – September 5, 2022

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

The Apsáalooke [ap-SAH-loo-gah] people of the Northern Plains are known for their bravery, artistry, and extravagance. Celebrate the prominence of women, daring feats in battle, unparalleled horsemanship, and innovative beadwork. Alongside historical war shields and regalia, contemporary Native American art highlights how this bravery and artistry is alive today.

Apsáalooke explores the history, values, and beliefs of this Native American community known for their horsemanship, artistic pursuits, and matriarchal ways of life, and honors the tradition of “counting coup” - performing acts of bravery. Visitors will learn about Apsáalooke origins, cultural worldviews, and the powerful roles that both women and warriors hold in the community through a unique mix of traditional objects and contemporary Native American pieces from the perspective of guest curator Nina Sanders.

Museum of the Rockies is honored to be the second museum in the world to host Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. The exhibit was unveiled in 2020 at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.