Exhibit celebrating Apsáalooke ‘women and warriors’ opens in Bozeman


“Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” is the first exhibit of its kind, pairing artifacts and sacred objects with contemporary art, fashion, music, storytelling and beadwork made by Crow people and curated by Nina Sanders, an Apsáalooke scholar and Annie and Frank’s great-great-granddaughter. The exhibition first opened in 2020 at the Field Museum in Chicago and is now on display in Bozeman through the end of the year.

Bringing the exhibit to Montana represents a historic moment. The objects — including sacred war shields, tobacco bundles and historic beadwork — have not been in the same place at one time on Crow land since the late 1800s and early 1900s. The vast objects curated for “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” came from museum collections and private holdings. The exhibit includes audio and interactive displays compiled from Indigenous research and oral histories that take visitors on a cultural journey of the Crow people.

The Montana Free Press has the full story here.

(Photo taken in Chicago of Nina Sanders, curator of the exhibition, during its initial opening at the Field Museum in 2020).

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