The Art of Storytelling: Plains Indian Perspectives


In this session, Deb Mitchell, Program Specialist for Outreach and Interpretation at the Montana Historical Society, discusses how, years before the arrival of the first Europeans in North America, Plains Indians chronicled their histories in magnificent pictorial styles. This session details the process behind extending an amazing exhibit of pictographic and ledger art into classrooms by partnering with Indian Education for All, giving students the opportunity to learn about this traditional art form and how important is was to the Indigenous People of Montana. This session serves as an opportunity to experience how, through collaboration, this useful tool was developed to be used by educators, Tribal librarians, and museum staff to educate their youth and communities. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Temecula, California, on October 8-10, 2019.