The Politics of Performance
Date Friday August 10, 2012
Time8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM
Location Beavertail Hill State Park
Contact Chris Neu; Vernon Carroll
Chris Neu - (406) 240-0155; Vernon Carroll - (406) 273-4253
DescriptionThe Politics of Performance: Montana's Landless Indians and the 1895 Beveridge's Montana Wildest West Show.

Join Elizabeth Sperry, researcher/writer Regional Learning Project and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Montana, Stevensville, for this program.

William ¿Buffalo Bill¿ Cody¿s performance at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago marked the zenith of this popular showman¿s career, and the emergence of hundreds of Wild West shows in an era now referred to as the birth of American popular culture. In the summer of 1895, the Beveridge¿s Montana Wildest West show developed in Helena, Montana, and toured by rail across seven Midwestern states. This show employed a unique Made in Montana cast, including Montana¿s landless Cree and Metis as a feature attraction. This program explores the development and tour of this little-known Wild West show, emphasizing the role of Montana¿s landless Cree and Metis people as performers.

The park is 26 miles East of Missoula, off I-90 (exit 130)--follow signs to the park.