First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 30

Crow Fair started when the reservation life begin. Chief Plenty Coups stated that this is the end of our life as we knew it and we must move forward. At that time the white men wanted to turn us into farmers, and everybody had a garden. My grandfather Medicine Tail organized a gathering to show off their vegetables. He even gave his daughter the Crow name, Kuukuuwe, which means “Squash. That’s how Crow Fair started. It was a competitive event for everybody. Women competed against each other on who had the fanciest tipi interior. The women were interior decorators since way back. Now today it is still competitive in various areas such as parade, rodeo, dance.… Crow Fair was a time to bring out your best: b e a d wo r k , d a n ce m ove s , horses, grandson cowboy, granddaughter cowgirl.… It was a time to show off and it’s still like that today. —Margo Real Bird Margo's Apsáalooke name is Baa kuu kaa bia (Early Morning Woman). At 82 years old, she has never missed Crow Fair. Interviewed by Birdie Real Bird. LEFT Ashton Old Elk is a faithful participant in the morning parade through the Crow Fair Campground, also known as the Tipi Capitol of the World. In this photo he wears an eagle feather war bonnet; he is also known to parade wearing a “reservation hat.” Crow Fair is a busy time for Ashton, as he is also a champion Indian Relay rider. —DHW OPPOSITE, TOP Big Horn District Princess and Valley of the Chiefs District Princess Madison Chavez wearing a Nez Perce dress and leading a procession of District and Rodeo princess through the camp. —NS OPPOSITE, BOTTOM Junior boy dancers at the powwow, from left: Garey White Hip Jr., Hadley Bear Claw, Jacoby Little Light, Kayden Pease, and Colvin Wells. These Crow boys are wearing typical outfits of Apsáalooke males. Crow boys must be ceremonially prepared to be outfitted and danced. The ce re m o ny i n c l u d e s l a rg e giveaways that involve gift horses, clan feeds, and prayers. —NS 28 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM