Justin Sheely | The Sheridan Press
Six-year-old Mikaylee Old Coyote, of Ethete, Wyoming, plays with her mother Heather Sun Rhodes’ hair as they wait prior to the grand entry powwow Saturday evening during Crow Fair at Crow Agency, Montana. Crow Fair started in 1904 and is currently the largest gathering of Native Americans of the great plains tribes. The week-long celebration includes parades, powwow dance competitions and rodeo. For crow native Alma McCormick of Hardin, Montana, Crow Fair is an important way of preserving the culture of the Apsaalooke – people of the large-beaked bird – and acts as a family reunion of sorts for relatives living out of the reservation or out of state. It is also an event where Crow children hear their native language used, “Your language is your culture,” said McCormick, who has a three-year-old granddaughter who’s already showing interest in the dancing. Year after year Crow Fair has imparted the cultural heritage and language of the plains tribes onto the next generation.