First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 26

A CENTURY OF CROW FAIR Photography by Lester Harragarra C ROW FAIR TAKES PLACE in the heart of Crow Country, in Crow Agency, Montana, every year on the third weekend in August. Known as the Tipi Capital of the World, the event includes three days of powwow, rodeo, Indian Relay, and parades. Crow families from all over the world return to each other to celebrate their culture by camping out, feasting with friends and family, and participating in the many colorful events. For the Crow people, Crow Fair marks the end of their yearly cycle, with the New Year beginning on the following Monday. Since 1904, with a short break during World War I, this intense and vivid cultural celebration continues to grow and attract people from all over the world, an experience that must be seen to be believed. —Nina Sanders 2018 Crow Fair Royalty. from left Tiny Tot Princess Catherine Smells, Little Miss Centennial Princess Aiyanna Skunk Cap, Junior Miss Crow Nation Evelyn Old Coyote, and Miss Crow Nation Kayjah Twinn. Lester Harragarra (Otoe-Missouria- Kiowa) shot these images during the 100th annual Crow Fair in August 2018. Thanks to Rhonda Jefferson (Apsáalooke) for assisting with identifying the people in photos. Thanks to Birdie Real Bird (Apsáalooke), Deana Harragarra Waters (Otoe-Missouria-Kiowa), credited as DHW, Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke), credited as NS, for providing commentary. 24 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM Powwow Grand Entry led by four of the many Princesses. Each princess represents her district by participating in the many events throughout the fair. A princess’s family is responsible for giving back to her clan and sponsors as part of her commitment to the tribe. —NS left Apsáalooke youth in parade. opposite From all across Indian Country, people come to Crow Fair. Pete Moore Jr., a Pawnee and Otoe traditional dancer f ro m Paw n e e, O k l a h o m a , brought his family to renew acquaintances and to meet their Crow relatives. —DHW