May 28 – December 31, 2022

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

The Apsáalooke 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 Women and Warriors 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 first museum in the world to host Apsáalooke Women and Warriors outside of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

The exhibition is jointly organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. Museum of the Rockies is a guest on the ancestral lands of the Apsáalooke, Tséstho’e, and Séliš peoples.

Photo Credits Clockwise from Right:

  • Sacred Under the Cliff of Yellowstone by Ben Pease
  • War shield (ishbinnaache) made and owned by Spotted Tail. Field Museum photo by John Weinstein.
  • Lance case (baaaliássee) from a set of beaded horse regalia by Lydia Falls Down. Field Museum photo by John Weinstein.
  • A celebration shirt (baleiíttaashtee) is also known as a war shirt. Field Museum photo by John Weinstein.
  • Wherein Lies the Beauty of Life by Ben Pease.
  • War shield (ishbinnaache). Field Museum photo by John Weinstein.

Apsáalooke Exhibition Programming

Please join us on weekends throughout the summer and enjoy programming from featured Apsáalooke artisans, musicians, and performers. Check back often for programming details

Crow Fashion Show with Della Bighair-Stump

August 27 & 28
1:35 p.m., 2:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.
Hager Auditorium
Included with admission

Join us for a celebration of Apsáalooke (Crow) fashion with designer Della Bighair-Stump, one of the featured artists in the Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibit. After a brief presentation on how her unique style is informed by Crow traditions and modern influences, Della will be joined by several members of the Crow community who will model everything from street fashion to prom dresses. With upbeat music and Della's infectious energy, you won't want to miss this joyful expression of "when culture meets fashion."

Apsáalooke Artist Ben Pease

August 27 & 28
Afternoons
Living History Farm entrance
Included with admission

Watch and learn as award-winning Apsáalooke artist Ben Pease paints at the entrance to the Living History Farm (or in the museum lobby if needed). Ben is one of the featured artists in the special exhibit Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, and his work can also be found in the gift shop.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience with Luella Brien as she constructs an Apsáalooke elk tooth dress while discussing its cultural significance. In the Apsáalooke culture, an elk tooth dress traditionally conveys status and wealth. Luella is a journalist, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Four Points Press, and an avid dressmaker for her daughter and nieces.

Sunday, August 14
1:35 p.m., 2:35 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.
Hager Auditorium
Included with admission

Join us for a celebration of Apsáalooke (Crow) fashion with designer Della Bighair-Stump, one of the featured artists in the Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibit. After a brief presentation on how her unique style is informed by Crow traditions and modern influences, Della will be joined by several members of the Crow community who will model everything from street fashion to prom dresses. With upbeat music and Della's infectious energy, you won't want to miss this joyful expression of "when culture meets fashion."

Hager Auditorium at 1:35, 2:35, and 3:35 p.m.
Included with admission.

On Sunday, July 17, in the afternoon, artist Ben Pease will be painting on the Bair Plaza (or inside, weather permitting).

You are welcome to watch and ask Ben questions about his practice.

Ben is one of the featured artists in the special exhibit Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, and his work can also be found in the gift shop.

Please join us for performances celebrating the Crow culture featuring Della Bighair-Stump and Ben Pease​ in the Hager Auditorium.

Saturdays & Sundays at 1:35, 2:35, & 3:35 p.m.
Performances are included with admission, and seating is limited.

Please join us for performances celebrating the Crow culture with Shane Doyle and friends in the Hager Auditorium most Saturdays and Sundays in June at 1:35, 2:35, & 3:35 p.m.

Performances are included with admission, and seating is limited.

Apsáalooke Gallery Presentations
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Included with admission
RSVP is not required but space is limited
Please join us for special presentations exploring Crow culture.

Intellectual Traditions: Crow Conversations in Land, Culture, and Art
11 a.m. | Hager Auditorium | Included with admission
RSVP is not required but space is limited

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion.

Apsáalooke Social and Push Dance
1:30 p.m. | MSU Track and Field Complex (South of Bobcat Stadium)
Free and open to the public
Free parking at Museum of the Rockies
Please join us to celebrate the exhibition's opening with a cultural dance.

Members' Exhibition Preview
5:30 – 7 p.m. | Changing Exhibit Halls
RSVP is not required
Museum members are invited to view the new exhibition Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. Please show your membership card upon entrance.

Members' Opening Program
7 – 8 p.m. | Hager Auditorium
RSVP is not required but space is limited
Museum members are invited to stay for an Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibit opening program. Please show your membership card upon entrance.

Museum of the Rockies will host an evening lecture with Nina Sanders, curator of historic and contemporary Native American art at the University of Chicago’s Field Museum, on Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture serves as a kickoff for the nationwide tour of the Field Museum’s special exhibition “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors,” which highlights the art and culture of the Apsáalooke (pronounced “Ahp-SAH-luh-guh”) people, also known as the Crow, who are based in south-central Montana. The exhibition will be on display at Museum of the Rockies May 28 through Sept. 5.

Hager Auditorium
Free and open to the public