On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West welcomed six freshman students from the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. The students (Taibree Bearchum, Kennington Medicine Bull, Sharlyce Parker, Joleigh Old Elk, and Teanna Braine) explored beadwork in the Plains Indian Museum vaults and galleries, wrote labels, and interacted with Center staff from the conservation, registration, and curatorial departments during their two-day visit.
The focus of their visit was the creation of an exhibit case featuring the objects of their choice. The students, using our online collection to research Plains Indian objects, selected a beaded Cheyenne bag, a Crow doll, and a Lakota baby bonnet.
After a session in numbering and accessioning, the group placed the items on mounts and worked on a case layout.
The graphics department was their final stop before the case and objects were relocated in the Plains Indian Museum.
If you would like to see the St. Labre students’ project, please visit the Plains Indian Museum and look for the case on the left side of the gallery entrance. Their work will remain on view through the summer.