Natu'okomii "Medicine Hollar" GoodVoice, Blackfeet and Crow, in a cradleboard worn by his mother Yolanda GoodVoice. Cradleboards are a traditional way that some Native American mothers would traditionally carry their infants.

Wearing her elks tooth dress, 6-year-old Dazzlyn Hugs stands with other Crow women during the annual Crow Fair powwow. The powwow is unique in that the first day of dancing is specifically for Crow Style traditional dancers. With most women wearing elks tooth dresses, while some wear white buckskin dresses.

Students from the Nkwusm Salish Language Immersion School pick bitter-root on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. In addition to learning their language, students also learn about the tribal traditions.

Meredith Berthelson, Blackfeet, trains at her gym in Three Forks, Mont. In addition to being a professional bodybuilder, Prof. Berthelson is also a Mathematics Professor at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Mont.

Hydee Wilson and her father Dana, both Crow, water their horses during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Fancy Dancer Hozhoni White Cloud dances during the the Menominee Nation Powwow at the Woodland Bowl in Keshena, Wis.

Grass Dancer Ronnie Preston applies face paint before  the start of the Menominee Nation Powwow in Keshena, Wis.

Justin Dust, 343, from Lodge Lodge Grass High School, competes with other runners during 45th Annual Montana High School Association Cross Country Championship in Missoula, Mont.

Stephanie Masterman, Tlingit, listens to speakers during a rally for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Seattle, Wash.

From left to right, Chance Three Irons on Tonto, Karson Campbell on Indian girl, and Jaxon McCormick on Joe. During Crow Fair there is a constant flow of riders watering their horses in the Little Bighorn River.

Army Veteran Reo Ramirez waits to enter the dance arena during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

A trio of teepees at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash.

Morningstar Means, Colville and Lakota Sioux, waits during a pause in the Seattle Women's March. With Seattle being on Indigenous land, Indigenous women were asked to lead the march. And in leading the march they also wanted to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women throughout the United States and Canada.

Wearing Crow style traditional regalia, Luke Brien, Crow and Blackfeet, enters the dance arena during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Lydia Skahan-McCloud carries her son during the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women March in Seattle, Wash.

A fisherman tries to catch fish at the mouth of the Smith River in Smith River, Calif.

Ayanna Fuentes rallies her fellow marchers during the Seattle Women's March in Seattle, Wash.

Guylish Bommelyn, Tolowa, roasts salmon next to an open firs in Smith River, Calif. The salmon was part of a traditional Tolowa feast hosted by members of the Tolowa Nation.

Bob Blackdeer plays the Moccasin Game at the Woodland Bowl powwow grounds in Keshena, Wis. Players have 4 mats and they hide a small bead/rock/ball under one of them without the other player knowing which one. Then the other player smacks the mat with a cedar stick that they think the object is under. The winner of the round gets a short stick (a point) if they guess correctly, they take turns until a person has all the sticks.

Sunrise on the Crow Indian Reservation.

JoRee LaFrance helps Kanani Birdinground with her dress during before the start of the War Bonnet Dance during the annual Crow Fair Powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

The sun peeks through the roach of traditional dancer in Crow Agency, Mont. The roach is a traditional headpiece worn by many Northern Plains tribes, it is made from the hair of porcupines, deer, and moose.

From left to right, Amanda Walkingchild, Wes Brown, Kyle Felsman, Ryan Upham, Sonny Doney, and Antoine Paul lead the march across the Higgins Street Bridge in Missoula, Mont. The march was part of the Idle No More movement who's goal was to bring greater awareness to the hardships and atrocities that have befallen Native Americans in the United States and Canada.

Kayden and George Falls Down get ready to play hand games with their districts in Crow Agency, Mont. The Crow Indian Reservation is divided into districts and for that year’s games, teams were divided by district. Sometimes they're divided by clans.

The La Rouche team from Browning, Mont compete in the Indian horse relay race in Crow Agency, Mont.

Women from the Crow/Apsáalooke Nation are honored during the Warbonnet Dance in Crow Agency, Mont.

Lightning crashes behind a trio of teepees on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

From left to right, Taylan Sonny Alden, Cyrus Leider Jr., Shikaakkaate Gros-Ventre, Pretty Boy Pretty On Top, and Broc Pretty On Top during the annual Crow Fair Powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Smokey and Karis Good Striker exit the dance arena during the Arlee Powwow in Arlee, Mont.

Crow Men's Traditional dancer Walter Old Elk enters the dance arena during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Willie Brown, right, digs up food during a traditional Maori feast called a Hangi in Missoula, Mont. Missoula is a sister city to Palmerston North in New Zealand.

Lakisha Flores enters the dance arena during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Jacoby Little Light, 4200, stands with other Crow style dancers during the annual Crow Fair Powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Crow women in traditional elks tooth dresses line up during the Parade Dance at Crow Fair.

A lone teepee overlooks the Crow powwow grounds in Crow Agency, Mont.

Coral Emberz, a student at the N'kwusm Salish Language Immersion school in Arlee, Mont.  works on her daily assignments. The school is taught entirely in the Salish language. "The mission of Nk̓ʷusm is to recreate a process whereby the Salish Language is passed from parents to children, elder to youth in an effort to holistically preserve the language, perpetuating the Salish way of life and worldview."

Alannah Lynn Blackgoat-Tailfeathers, Blackfeet and Navajo, waits to compete in the Cowgirl Dance Special during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Children wait to be filmed for the short film Universal VIP in Arlee, Mont.

A young member of the Crow Nation waits for the parade to begin during the annual Crow Fair powwow in Crow Agency, Mont.

Army veteran Jessica Old Elk, Crow, wears a Crow style war bonnet as part of the Crow Fair Color Guard. In the Crow culture, women who have served in the armed forces are permitted to wear ceremonial headdress during special occasions and ceremonies. In Crow Culture, war bonnets are traditionally worn by men, but there are some women who have earned the right to wear them.

Men's traditional dancer Darcy Anaquod enters the dance arbor during grand entry at the 90th annual Crow Fair celebration in Crow Agency, Mont. on Friday, August 15, 2008.

Camp Crier Tylis Bad Bear spends his mornings riding through camp telling everyone that it's time to wake up. Speaking in the Crow language, Camp Criers have been an integral part of Crow culture for hundreds of years. Their main job is to encourage people get out of bed as well as spread news. It is a role handed down through familial ties.

Bryson, 4-years-old, fights with his war bonnet after the annual Crow Fair Parade in Crow Agency, Mont. During the parade members of the Crow Nation dress in their traditional best, with males of all ages wearing ceremonial war bonnets as way to keep their traditions alive.

Hadley Not Afraid relaxes on her family's horses in Crow Agency, Mont. Like many Crow children, Hadley is completely at ease around horses.

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