Crow Fair: Celebrating 100 Years of Apsaålooke Culture

The final History that Matters: Anniversaries of 2018 program is “Crow Fair: Celebrating 100 Years of Apsaålooke Culture” on Wednesday,JZ160818-0333 November 7, co-presented by Shane Doyle, educator and member of the Crow (Apsaålooke) Tribe, and John Zumpano, local photographer. The free program is held at Park Photo, 115 S. Main St., Livingston. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This is a new venue with space for more chairs and no stairs. We invite people to sponsor a chair—more information will be given during program.

Shane Doyle describes the details and history of the Crow Fair. He will also talk about the history of the Crow Tribe, highlighting the tribe in Livingston and the surrounding area. Doyle will also drum and sing a traditional song. John Zumpano’s images document the Crow Fair through time, including images of tribal dances, rodeos, and parades.

Shane Doyle, Ed.D, is a Crow tribal member and educator who grew up in Crow Agency. A singer of Northern Plains tribal style of music for Dr.ShaneDoyle30 years, Shane also holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2016. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Doyle is a full-time educational and cultural consultant, designing American Indian curriculum for many organizations, including Montana public schools, the National Park Service, and the Museum of the Rockies.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman-based Extreme History Project, Hopa Mountain, the Montana Conservation Corps, and the Archaeological Conservancy, as well as on the Montana Arts Council culture and aesthetics committee and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee. Dr. Doyle was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association’s Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017, and speaks throughout the region on the topics of northern Plains Tribal culture and the importance of public lands in Montana.

Dr Doyle was instrumental in the repatriation of the Anzick Clovis Child near Wilsall in Park County and worked as a consultant and actor for the History Channel’s “Lost Treasure of the Little Bighorn Battle,” set to premiere in the fall of 2018. He and his wife Megkian and their five children, ages 5 – 14, reside in Bozeman.

Zumpano.JohnJohn Zumpano is a freelance event, landscape and fine art photographer based in Livingston. A Butte, Montana native, he spent almost 30 years as a motion picture technician. In 2006 Zumpano returned to Montana to live fulltime and embraced and explored digital still photography. Over the years his affinity for documenting Livingston and the surrounding landscape has included an annual trip to Crow Agency MT for Crow Fair Powwow, Parade, and Rodeo. The visual splendor of this Native American reunion hosted by the Apsaålooke people is something to behold.

Having first attended in 1989, Zumpano has thousands of images from which to draw on as he attempts to share this beautiful cultural tradition. His photos have appeared in the Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, and Indian Country Today’s Powwow Issue. Zumpano has exhibited at The Danforth Gallery, Wheatgrass Saloon, Livingston Depot Center, The Shane Center and Livingston Center for Art and Culture. His photos also appear in numerous websites and social media.