In Billings - An Opportunity to Visit War Shirts and View American Indian Art
Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Julie Saylor
An Opportunity to Visit War Shirts and View American Indian Art
The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings offers a display of (Nez Perce) Chief Joseph’s war shirt and also a Sioux war shirt, circa 1870. Visitors to the Museum have a special opportunity to visit the war shirts from Jan. 11, 2013 – Mar. 24, 2013.
A sculpture by Northern Cheyenne artist, Bently Spang is on exhibit in the Museum’s Boundless Visions exhibition, which also includes work by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai), Kevin Red Star (Crow), Molly Murphy (Oglala Sioux), and Ernie Pepion (Blackfeet).
FYI, a model teaching unit is available in your elementary school library on Bently Spang’s picture book The War Shirt, which tells a contemporary story of intergenerational relationships and a young boy’s construction of a war shirt, reflecting connections to his Northern Cheyenne heritage, learned through his grandparents.
The unit can also be accessed online - Model Teaching Units, Language Arts – Elementary Level, Volume Two (final unit in Vol. Two). The IEFA office also offers a loaner classroom set of 20 copies of The War Shirt, as the title is no longer in print. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.