Exhibit celebrating Apsáalooke ‘women and warriors’ opens in Bozeman

Standing in front of a larger-than-life photograph from the early 1900s, Margo Real Bird proudly pointed out her great grandparents, Frank Bethune and Annie Medicine Crow-Real Bird. The portrait, on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman as part of the newly opened exhibit, “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors,” shows the couple with three of their grandchildren resting in the shade of a cottonwood tree.

The Apsáalooke exhibit includes interactive displays and examples of bead work and other native crafts.

Museum of the Rockies

“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.

Frank Bethune and Annie Medicine Crow-Real Bird and her grandchildren are seen in this historic photograph

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