Fools Crow

Fools Crow The th anniversary edition of a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events a major contribution to Native American literature Wallace Stegner In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana t

  • Title: Fools Crow
  • Author: James Welch Thomas McGuane
  • ISBN: 9780143106517
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 25th anniversary edition of a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events 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 theThe 25th anniversary edition of a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events 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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    • James Welch Thomas McGuane

      James Welch was a Blackfeet author who wrote several novels considered part of the Native American Renaissance literary movement He is best known for his novel Fools Crow 1986 His works explore the experiences of Native Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries He worked with Paul Stekler on the documentary Last Stand at Little Bighorn which aired on PBS.

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    • I found this a very powerful novel dramatising the cultural clash between the Pikuni Blackfeet Native Americans and the more powerful and advanced American settlers called "Napikwans" by the Blackfeet.I found the detailed description of the vanished life style of the tribe immensely interesting. I would tend to agree with the introduction by Thomas Mcguane when he makes the point that “Tribalism is now accepted as a societal model best left to history. . . .” But he also states that “. . . [...]


    • An amazing book that makes you realize just how much sympathetic, realistic, humanizing portraits of Native Americans are lacking in American fiction. This book tells the story of Fools Crow, a young Blackfoot warrior, and his village in the late 1800s as US soldiers are encroaching on their territory. However, white people loom at the very outer periphery of the story. This book is not the usual Requiem for the Noble Savage that you might have read before. Most of the book deals with the daily [...]


    • The last several weeks I’ve spent picking up various books that have been forgotten on my bookshelf for some time now, only to put them down one after another having read only a few pages and becoming distracted. My life has felt so out of control lately that it’s been hard for me to even concentrate on my beloved stories. Until I picked up Fools Crow, that is, and I couldn’t put it down.I’m a believer in the notion that we usually get what we need when we need it; and that it stays unti [...]


    • A very interesting book for me, and one I am very glad to have read. The "native-indian" style of writing (in which days are counted in terms of sleeps, months in terms of moons, seasons in terms of the expected arrival of Cold Maker, and so on) plunges the reader immediately inside the Lone Eaters camps, and there are so many little details that provide a very vivid picture of what life was like for the Indian Blackfoot Tribes at the end of the 19th century, how they felt, what made their socie [...]


    • Great story written from a Blackfoot Indian youth's point of view. As a Montanan, I can tell you that I know Native Americans who may speak English, but Welch has captured much of the style and cadence of their speach in this novel. In addition, he manages to tell the story in the style of a legend which incorporates the grandeur and vastness of our state. He is a native Montanan and he understands that the land has written us, as authors, not the other way around. The landscape of Montana is so [...]


    • James Welch was a gifted American writer and one of the best to realistically depict the culture of the modern-day Plains Indians. After reading one of James Welch's earlier books, I put off reading any other books for years. They are hard to read in that they are excellently written but give such a sense of despair. Fool's Crow is not quite the same as the others - more of a look back at the Blackfeet before the white man entered the scene but towards the end the foreboding and sense of loss a [...]


    • LOVE THIS BOOK! James Welch has left me speechless once again. It's hard to say all that I liked about this novel. Not only did it show you the lives of the Blackfeet, it sucked you in and made you feel like you were there. It's make you feel like your catching all this on camera. It was wonderfully written. In some twisted way it was like a soap opera, but more realistic. I'm not sure if that's a compliment or notThe book is mostly about Fools Crow and his tribe. It starts off when Fools Crow w [...]


    • When the novel you're reading concerns a band of Blackfoot Indians just after the U.S. Civil War, you know the story isn't going to end well. What astonished me about this book, however, is how captivating its story becomes. The fact that it's packed with wall to wall action, sex and violence doesn't hurt. Nor does its remarkable ability to convey the mystical beliefs of its characters in a manner that is neither condescending nor precious. I came away feeling not that I had experienced a portra [...]


    • This is a story about the social and cultural world of the Blackfeet Indians, and the threat to their existence posed by the encroachment of white civilization, as experienced by a young brave whose name, White Man's Dog, later gets changed to Fools Crow. The author makes extensive use of magical realism to show us the worldview of the Blackfeet. People rely on power animals and good medicine. Injuries and illnesses are caused by bad spirits. Earthly existence, dreams, the shadowland, the Below [...]


    • We are in the Blackfoot country around the Marias River in northern Montana just east of the 'Backbone' -- the Great Divide. It is early 1870s and the white man's presence in Indian Country is established, more whites settling with families in tow, and raising 'whitefaces' which need lots of space to graze. This impacts the open range of the great herds of roaming 'blackhorns,' that fine animal so important to the tribes because, not only for its meat, but for it hide and bones, every part of th [...]


    • It's always interesting to go back and re-read a book that piqued your interest in something. I read Fools Crow in 2012 for a Non-Western Literature course during my undergraduate study as an English Literature student and it was this book that set me on the course I am following today as a first year PhD student in English Literature. It was Fools Crow that woke me up, that made me question everything I knew and set me out on a journey where the questions far out-numbered the answers. This time [...]


    • I found this book very frustrating. There's a great deal of wonderful material in it. Poignant. Funny. Deep. But, ultimately, it feels to me like a rock-solid first draft, not a cohesive whole.Dramatic, important storylines vanish without a trace for chapters upon chapters, only to re-appear and be brushed aside as an afterthought. Major characters fade away without adequate resolution. Exposition comes far too late, as if a friend of Welch commented that something wasn't clear in the beginning, [...]


    • I'll be writing more about this tonight in preparation for tomorrow's test over the book, but off the top of my head, the first words to come to mind about it are "illuminating" and "crushing." The novel follows the trajectory of Fools Crow, a young Pikuni warrior whose band belongs to the greater Blackfoot Confederacy in the state of Montana shortly after the American Civil War. The narration mainly stays within the world of the Pikunis and as a result, the reader gets a sense of their way of l [...]


    • Emotionally, I struggled with this book. There's a difference between violent, penetrating details and violent detail about penetration, and the author seems to have missed that. There's lots of rape in this book, and the violent details are not necessary to the main points being made in the book. Fool's Crow is more about the oppression and marginalization of the Blackfoot tribe than about the oppression of women, as attested to by the inconsistent narrations and memories of Red Paint.


    • Writing in voice of Native Americans seemed a bit gimmicky at first, but once I adjusted to it, thought it worked quite well. In fact, instead of stereotyping them, the voice made them more 3-dimensional. A whiff of "Dances with Wolves" hovers at edges in places, but without the blatant sentimentality of the movie -- primarly because instead of Kevin Costner, we get fully realized Native Americans telling their own story for a change. Not a great read, but a solidly good one: entertaining, suspe [...]


    • I have taught this book many times, and every time I again, I am impressed not only with the character development and narrative, but also the view it gives into native American culture, especially little known historical events like the Marias Massacre.


    • Beautiful, but heartbreaking. Or maybe heartbreaking, but beautiful. The spoiler is already out as to the eventual fate of the Blackfeet and all the other American Indian tribes, which makes it so bittersweet to read this story about White Man's Dog and his family and tribe. This story takes place less than 100 years before I was born. It's kind of shocking, because we Americans live as though we created this amazing country, this admirable democracy, in a Garden of Eden given to us by a benevol [...]


    • You know, I want to like this book. I want to want to read it. But I just don't. Both times I've read it, it has been a struggle to continue. The subject matter is interesting, the story is well-told, and there are sometimes passages that are extraordinarily effective in one way or another. But there's something lacking for me. What I think is lacking is a sense of emotional connection. The story is told in a style that feels at times as if it has been translated into English from a Native Ameri [...]


    • I have been meaning to read this book for ages, and it is hands-down one of the best stories I've ever read. I am still trying to figure out how to articulate what this book did for me. Saying that it made history "come alive" would be a trite understatement. I am deeply impressed by how much this fictional story taught me about the the historic struggle of the Pikunis and other Montana area tribes, as well as their cosmology and worldview through the eyes of the protagonist, Fools Crow of the L [...]


    • This novel blew me away. I intentionally avoided reading anything about it beforehand. I fell into its world from the first page. At first, I thought it was merely a revivification of Plains Indian life--and this was enough; I was ready to dwell in the lives of the characters. But it becomes so much more. (I don't want to give away too much to preserve its fascinating turns)."In Fools Crow, Welch has accomplished the most profound act of recovery in American literature," is the blurb by Louis Ow [...]


    • Favorite book of 2016. One of the best novels I've read. What made it most powerful is that it was told from within a completely different worldview than my own. Knowing you can't / shouldn't compare cultures, especially by what you read in a book this writing felt a lot like what we call "magical realism" in Latin America. Human characters interact with animals in a way that we "Westerners" don't believe in. What we might call a spirit vision, in this book is simple reality to the human involve [...]


    • Wonderfully written. Mr. Welch writes his story of another (and basically vanished) culture with the complex simplicity that only comes with absolute familiarity. One begins to read this novel and is immediately immersed in the culture of the Piegan in the pivotal late nineteenth century when the culture of the Plains nations and that of the encroaching whites were bringing conflict to a head. It is a sympathetic and very human story of a people trying to survive a situation that threatens their [...]


    • I was told this was the best Montana book of Native American literature. Since it is the only one I have read, I'll have to agree. It was a great book, but it took me a very long time to really get into it because it's so hard to follow Native American naming. Once I kind of let that go, I enjoyed it so much more. It tells the sobering truth of the white conquering and culminates in the ultimate devastation. Sickening really. But from a faith perspective, I so appreciated going deeper and seeing [...]


    • A very good book that gives wonder detail into the lives of Native Americans after the Civil War in the central northwest. A coming of age story that detail a wide range of belief and cultural ways, all fascinating. Some parts more interesting and exciting than others, and the story dragged for me at times. But I enjoyed it. I don't know how accurate it is, but I suspect it is so.


    • "But it was one old woman, the only survivor of her lodge, who sat and wailed and dug at the frozen ground until her fingers were raw and bloody - it was this old woman who made the people realize the extent of their loss" (373)."For even though he wasburdened with the knowledge of his people, their lives, and the lives of their children, he knew they would survive" (392).


    • If you've read Lonesome Dove, the underlying story is about some former soldiers taking a herd of cattle to Montana, with the intention to settle there. By happenstance, this novel is about a young Indian coming of age in Montana around the same time. A very different perspective on the other side of the story.


    • I can't believe, I had never read or even heard about James Welch, until now, especially since I love reading about the Old West and the Native American experience.Well, this was a perfect introduction, told from the perspective of a Native American tribe, by a Native American. Excellent novel.


    • 4.5 stars. In some ways it reminded me of One Hundred Years of Solitude (which I loved!) probably because of the magical realism story telling. I learned a lot about the Blackfeet way of life before the arrival of the white man in the west. Can't wait to get out to Montana now!



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