Rocky Mountain West

Community Voices

An Aaniinen (Gros Ventre) man with medium light skin, two long brains, and glasses wearing a yellow shirt.
Sean Chandler
Community Connector
A woman with long, dark hair, standing outside in the snow with her camera pointing to the sky.
Jessyca Valdez
Community Voice
Luella, a Crow woman wearing a red bandana, large shell earrings, a shawl and feathers poses in front of a sunset.
Luella Brien
Community Voice
Winona Runsabove
Community Voice
Kristina Lucero
Community Voice

Our Stories Our Art: Rocky Mountain West

Our Stories Our Art is a Magazine of the National Folklife Network that highlights writers who share and reflect on their folklife in the NFN’s seven regions.

Rocky Mountain West Foklife Network News

“Last year, Mountain Time Arts (MTA) in partnership with Yellowstone National Park initiated Yellowstone Revealed, an immersive cultural and art exhibition within Yellowstone National Park in celebration of regional tribal nations.

This year, Mountain Time Arts is pleased to present a multi-faceted evolution of the Teepee Village from artists Sean Chandler (Aaniiih) and Ben Pease (Apsáalooke / Tsétsêhéstâhes).

This interactive self-guided experience will combine art and storytelling, taking visitors on a thought-provoking narrative journey about our shared past, present and future of teepee lodges sited where the Gibbon River joins the Firehole River to form the Madison River. The two artists’ contemporary artworks are installed in relationship and visual proximity to the traditional teepees on view at Yellowstone’s Madison Junction. The contemporary art installations put forward Indigenous truths and perspectives…” Read full article

“Earlier this month I was involved with an installation of my work “When We Used To Be” for @mountaintimearts Yellowstone Revealed in @yellowstonenps ….My work (b&w tipi frames/liners) addressed how my people lived whole/fluently within our Indigenous Lifeways vs. today in an altered/un-whole controlled existence that we continue build within/upon ancestral framework. There’s more to that explanation but that’s good enough for now…I created two new paintings for this—“When We Used To Be” and “When We Became No One”… It was a great week working alongside Ben Pease and his installation of the multi-colored tipis.” —Sean Chandler