Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by James Welch

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The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events...is a major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner)

In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440673061
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/1987
Series: Contemporary American Fiction Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 198,819
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Welch is the author of the novels Winter in the Blood, Fools Crow, for which he received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, The Indian Lawyer, The Death of Jim Lonely, and most recently, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians. He attended schools on 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. Until recently, he served on the Montana State Board of Pardons. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Lois.

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Wallace Stegner

A novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events, in the human persuasiveness and variety of its characters, in the scrupulous authenticity of its cultural reconstruction, and in the sheer flow and strength of its prose, is a major contribution to American Literature.

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Fools Crow 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this book by my college english teacher. I could not put it down. Descriptions of the War Partys and the everyday life of the Blackfoot Indian are interesting as well as action packed. I enjoyed liked the Spiritual parts as well.I feel a better understanding to the indian culture after reading this. My husband is reading it now, he does not read much so this book has captured my construction worker husbands attention, He loves it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tncs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
slow start, but man did it finish with a bang. great book; beautiful imagery, linguistically stunning, and authentically devastating.
ehimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have never read a book about Native American life during the days of the wild west, pleeeassse read this book. It is the story of a tribe told from the perspective of an outcast boy who grows up to be a leader in uncertain times. It is full of beautiful descriptions of Native American life and practices and the American frontier as well as just a touch of Native American mysticism. Nature around them is truly a living conscience part of the universe and something they have great respect for in the most religious sense. This story is about their struggle to hold on to these things as American settlers move west. A beautiful, moving story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
a very insightful look and the lives of the blackfeet: the potent influence of both the spirit and the natural world intermingled with tradition, honor, and sacrifice. welch invokes an element of sadness upon his readers as he recounts the presence of the white men and women on the respected soil of the blackfeet indians. a very honest novel- the closest i have ever felt to undertanding this side to the history of the America's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated it. Maybe I'd appreciate it if I knew more about the Blackfeet but the book jumped around, left many things unexplained, and didnt seem to have much of a deeper meaning. The ending was really abrupt too.