The Brinton Museum held an American Indian cultural sharing and storytelling event during the week of October 24-27, 2016. Speakers included Mardell Hogan Plainfeather and Vernon Whiteman of the Crow Nation and Linwood Tall Bull of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Teachers and students from area schools were invited to attend morning or afternoon sessions. Mardell Hogan Plainfeather presented an evening session open to the public at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery. Museum members, children and American Indians with tribal I.D. were admitted free of charge; admission for non-members was $5.00. Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. for the evening session.
Mardell Hogan Plainfeather is a respected Crow historian and artist, and recently retired as a Plains Indian Historian with the National Park Service at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Plainfeather has also been a field director of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana. Vernon Whiteman is a descendant of Apsaálooke holy men Medicine Crow and Little Nest. He resides in Lodge Grass, Montana. Linwood Tall Bull is an instructor at Chief Dull Knife Tribal College in Lame Deer, Montana. He is a member of a venerated traditionalist Northern Cheyenne family and is a leader of the Dog Soldier society, one of the four Cheyenne sacred warrior societies.
The Brinton Museum holds and exhibits a significant collection of American Indian artifacts, many of which are of Crow and Cheyenne origin. An important part of our mission as an educational institution preserving the art and history of the West is to share and promote knowledge about American Indian cultural heritage and history. The American Indian cultural sharing and storytelling programs were offered in response to a request by The Brinton Museum’s American Indian Advisory Council.