Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows

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A classic account of the nomadic, spiritual and warring life of Crow Indians before they were forced onto reservations.



In his old age, Plenty-coups (1848-1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the moving story of his life to Frank B. Linderman, the well-known western writer who had befriended him. Plenty-coups is a classic account of the nomadic, spiritual and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced onto reservations. Plenty-coups tells of the great triumphs and struggles of his own life: his powerful medicine dreams, marriage, raiding and counting coups against the Lakotas, fighting alongside the U.S. Army, and the death of General Custer.

This new edition allows readers to appreciate more fully the accomplishments and rich legacy of Plenty-coups. An introduction by Phenocia Bauerle and Barney Old Coyote Jr., both members of the Crow Nations, speaks to the enduring importance of Plenty-coups for the Crow people in the twenty-first century. An afterward by Timothy P. McCleary, also of the Crow Nation, highlights the pivotal role Plenty-coups played during early reservation years after the buffalo had gone; a map of Plenty-coups’s world highlights places named in the story; a glossary of Crow words and concepts found in the story draws on the latest orthographic standards and contemporary translation. And a photo gallery showcases both Plenty-coups at different stages of his life and unforgettable scenes of his world.

Frank B. Linderman is the author of Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, available in a Bison Books edition. Phenocia Bauerle and Barney Old Coyote Jr. are the editor and compiler, respectively, of The Way of the Warrior: Stories of the Crow Peoples. Timothy P. McCleary teaches anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the author of The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways.

 

 

 

Author: Frank B. Linderman

Illustrations: Black and white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1962

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Crow