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The year is 1870, and Fool's Crow, so called after he killed the chief of the Crows during a raid, has a vision at the annual Sun Dance ceremony. The young warrior sees the end of the Indian way of life and the choice that must be made: resistance or humiliating accommodation.

"A major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner)

Cover image courtesy of Walter McClintock Papers. Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. 

©1986 James Welch (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Great book

This is a book about family and values. It is about Blackfeet religion (not mythology). It tells a history that has been hidden from society, such as the Maria’s Massacre. When reading this book know that the events are not in their minds or made up, the spirits and animals speaking to them are as real as the burning bush that spoke to Moses.

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If you understand the consequences of your actions

this reading will expand your historical insight on personal truths of the western frontier, making older versions less righteous.

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Beautifully Written

I was unfamiliar with the Marias Massacre but it is something we should all know about. This is a fictional account of the time leading up to that event, told through the eyes of Fools Crow/White Man’s Dog. The writing is beautiful and (I presume, I’m just a Napikwan) an accurate description of life for the Pikuni/Blackfoot people. The characters are sympathetic and I found myself ready to explore more on these people and events. This one will stay with you.
Darrell Dennis does a great job with the material as well.

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Amazing Story to the End

I was given the book by my brother. But being busy I listened to the audio version. I am remind of the deep history of the people who lived here before us. And the struggles they endured and still endure today. The characters were well written. Would recommend to a reader of historical preference.

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