In Billings - An Opportunity to Visit War Shirts and View American Indian Art

Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Julie Saylor
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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 jfranke@mt.gov.



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