How We See It

How We See It: A Story of Apsaalooke Landscape

“Land is everything to us, it binds us to our beliefs and culture.
If it wasn’t for the land we Apsáalooke would not exist.
Therefore it is our duty to protect and preserve the land.
It is our link to the past and is our path to the future.”

Aaron Big Man Brien

This video was produced by:

Aaron Big Man Brien: a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, Big Lodge Clan and child of the Whistling Water Clan. He earned a master’s degree from University of Montana’s Department of Anthropology, and currently teaches Native American studies and Tribal Historic Preservation at Salish Kootenai College.


Darren Pretty On Top: also Crow. He is Information Technology System Administrator at Salish Kootenai College. He also has an undergraduate minor in digital art and design.

Crow Elders featured in the video:

Dan Old Elk: Sun Dance Leader

Hubert Two Leggins: Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Beverly Big Man: Retired Educator

Dr. Tim McCleary: Crow Tribal Archaeologist

The video project was supported by:

The Pryors Coalition
Our Montana
The Eastern Wildlands Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association
Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities

See another video on the importance of the Pryors to the Apsaalooke:
The Pryor Mountains: Crow Sacred Land