Father Peter J. Powell

The Brinton To Host Lecture by Father Peter J. Powell Aug. 13

BIG HORN, Wyo. (July 31, 2015) – The Brinton Museum will host a lecture by Father Peter J. Powell, distinguished guest speaker and associate curator of the “To Honor The Plains Nations” exhibit. The lecture occurs at 7 p.m. on August 13 in the new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building’s third floor Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery. “To Honor The Plains Nations” exhibit features American Indian art and artifacts from the Goelet and Edith Gallatin collection, recently gifted to The Brinton Museum, and the Bradford Brinton collection.


Father Powell will discuss the spiritual and sacred qualities of these items and how they were made and used by American Indians who lived and died in the lands surrounding the Bighorn Mountains. The Brinton Museum’s John and Adrienne Mars American Indian Gallery will be open to visitors following the lecture. Admission to this lecture is free to Brinton Museum members and $5 for non-members.

Father Peter J. Powell is a well-known scholar, ethnohistorian, author, Anglican priest and Northern Cheyenne Chief. He is also Senior Research Associate of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian of the Newberry Library Chicago, President of the Foundation for the Preservation of American Indian Art and Culture, and spiritual director of St. Augustine’s Center for American Indians, Chicago, which he founded in 1961. Ordained to the priesthood in 1953, he has devoted his ministry to American Indians. A member of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs Society, since 1964, he is the adopted son of the late John Stands in Timber, the distinguished Northern Cheyenne tribal historian, and his wife, Josephine One Bear Stands in Timber. He is the author of six volumes concerning Cheyenne history, culture and theology. His two-volume work “People of the Sacred Mountain: A History of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warriors Societies, 1830 – 1879,” won the National Book Award for history. He was general editor of “To Honor The Crow People,” portraying Crow Indian art from the Goelet and Edith Gallatin Collection of American Indian Art now on display in “To Honor The Plains Nations” at The Brinton Museum.