PowWows & Rodeos – Communities at Play by Harry Lee Harpster, Jr.

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POWWOWS & RODEOS – COMMUNITIES AT PLAY by Harry Lee Harpster, Jr., sponsored by the Hockaday Museum of Art. These photographs engage viewers with late 20th-century Native American culture on the northern plains. The images illustrate the beauty and challenges of reservation life and lands. The photographs of Native American children and adults featured in this exhibition were taken during visits to powwows and rodeos between 1979 and 2001. Harpster captured encampment scenes, preparations for parades and dancing, booths and vendors, spectators and competitors.

The four-week rental fee for these 32 B&W photographs is $400 with $20,000 insurance coverage and approximately 97 running feet required. It will ship in seven boxes weighing 40-55 pounds each, and it is available January 1 to May 1, 2018.


January 15 – May 5, 2017: Holter Museum of Art, Helena

June 1 – July 1, 2017: Carle Gallery of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, Butte

June 1 – September 1, 2018: MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney

September 20 – December 15, 2018: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls 

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