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Aug 5, 2010 11:58 AM by KRTV News (Great Falls)

MT poet Real Bird to hand out books at Rocky Boy Youth Rodeo

The 48th annual Rocky Boy Pow-wow kicks off this week, and Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird will be on hand to get things started on Thursday evening by handing out more than 400 picture books at Rocky Boy’s youth rodeo.

MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says her office donated the books to help encourage all Montanans to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians.

Real Bird is a rancher and educator who also raises bucking horses; he was born and raised on the Crow Indian reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents.

The event will be held at the Rocky Boy Pow-wow grounds beginning at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more about the Rocky Boy Pow-wow.

More information about Real Bird here, including this overview:

- Henry “Hank” Real Bird is a rancher and educator who raises bucking horses on Yellow Leggins Creek in the Wolf Teeth mountains of Montana. He was born and raised on the Crow Indian reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents, and has punched cows and worked in rodeos. Henry began writing poetry in 1969 after an extended stay in the hospital. He still speaks Crow as his primary language and feels this has helped in writing his poetry.

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