Winter counts are recordings of the Lakota tribal history. The Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has one winter count that is known as the lone dog winter count. That’s because Lone Dog was the last known keep of this tribal history. It’s a calendar representation of important events between […]
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.
Sacred landscapes are the foundation of cultural resilience. Stories of sacred environments are weaved into the cosmologies, world views, and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples. For Indigenous groups, their religious, spiritual, medicinal, and cultural practices are inherently linked to specific geographical locations. Knowledge of these places and their meaning are passed down from generations. These […]
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 […]
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, […]