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

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

Performances are included with admission, and seating is limited.

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

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.

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.

Please join us for performances celebrating the Crow culture with Shane Doyle and friends in the Hager Auditorium at 11 a.m., 1, & 2 p.m.

Seating is limited and it is included with admission.