For many generations, the mountains, valleys, and plains of present-day Montana have been (and still are) home to American Indian tribes. The topography of Montana is as diverse and enduring as its native peoples. The Big Bend area of the Yellowstone River (near present-day Livingston, Montana) was a crossroads of ancient trails and diverse cultures.
A Walk in Their Moccasins...The Native Cultures room interprets the Northern Plains Indians and their activities, including plant gathering, tools, hunting, and the buffalo. An Archaeology Timeline, developed by archaeologist George Frison, is illustrated by artifacts from Park County sites.
Beautiful murals and photographs on the walls provide backdrops. The murals, painted by local artist Joyce Johnson, include the renowned Anzick Site in northern Park County. A wall-sized photographic collage illustrates Crow Tribal history, including Fort Parker, the first Crow Agency, which lies just east of Livingston. The Crow Tribe is also interpreted through text and artifacts.
Especially for Children: A tipi sits in the room’s center, inviting museum visitors of all ages to go inside and enjoy the buffalo hide.
Learn more about Native Peoples whose homeland includes Montana and Yellowstone:
Visit www.montanatribes.org for tribes with reservations in Montana today. Geographically closest to Park County are the Crow Reservation in Eastern Montana, www.crow-nsn.gov, and the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in Idaho, https://www.sbtribes.com.
Native people traveled through and lived in what is now Yellowstone National Park. Information about the park’s 27 affiliated tribes is available here.