Fools Crow

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In 1870 Montana, Fools Crow, a young man of great vision, has seen the future. He knows his Blackfeet people must fight a futile war or surrender their lands.



The year is 1870. Located in the Two Medicine Territory of northwestern Montana is the camp of the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians. Their life consists of a timeless round of activity, deeply rooted in the land and the seasons and in a reverence for the customs handed down from the Long Ago People. But the ever-increasing presence of the Napikwans—white men—threatens this existence. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man of great vision, has seen the future. He knows his tribe must either fight a brave but futile war or surrender their lands—and their way of life.

In Fools Crow, James Welch’s magnificent stylistic gifts are deployed to full advantage, allied with a subject of tragic consequence: the lives and fate of his Blackfeet ancestors.

Fools Crow received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award. Author James Welch attended schools in the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana, and he graduated from the University of Montana, where he studied writing with the late Richard Hugo. He has served on the Montana State Board of Pardons.

 

 

Author: James Welch

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1987

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Siksika (Blackfeet)