The Plains Indian Museum has a collection of pressed plants that were used for medicinal uses. The book includes the tall fringed blue bell. Hunter Old Elk, the Plains Indian Museum curatorial assistant, said it’s a mountain flower. “It produces a purple bluish flower and the leaves are used and were consumed by nursing mothers […]
Plains Indian Museum
Through its collections, exhibitions, and programs--shares information about the cultures, traditions, and contemporary lives of Native peoples of the Great Plains. Our blog provides a glimpse into the topics we’re exploring.
The color red is symbolic for many different cultures and movements. It has become associated with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement, which hopes to increase awareness of the violence experienced by Indigenous women. Rebecca West, the curator of the Plains Indian Museum, said many people question why MMIW movement would use red. […]
Vincent Mercaldo was a collector of Western imagery. But he was also a painter and an artist. Samantha Harper, the archivist at the McCracken Research Library, said he would manipulate many images. “He wasn’t afraid to cut somebody’s head off in another picture and put them in a completely different picture. He would paint different backgrounds onto […]
The Plains Indian Museum doesn’t only collect art from the past. Rebecca West, the curator of the museum, said their job is also to collect contemporary art like those of John Isaiah Pepion, of the Blackfeet nation in northern Montana. “It’s based on what we call more traditional art forms. And when we say traditional, […]
In the fifteenth fall, the Plains Indian Museum hosted high school students, tribal elders, and instructors from St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. The student’s fall visit is part of a collaborative program between St. Labre Indian Schools and the Plains Indian Museum. Elyna Bowen (Cheyenne), Grace King (Cheyenne/ Assiniboine/ Sioux), Mariah Small Bear […]
Museums carry objects that unfortunately are not meant to last forever. Rebecca West, the curator of the Plains Indian Museum, said a Lakota sun bonnet in the Plains Indian Museum Collection represents how curators handle these pieces. “This is an object that probably will never be put on exhibit because the condition is so delicate. […]