Fools Crow is a super read if you like anything to do with the Indian culture. This novel may be the closest we will ever come in literature to an understanding of what life was like for a western Indian. This was a wonderful and quite fast read for a book of 391 pages. It was like i had just sat down and immediately became engrossed and i was half way thru the book before i knew what time it was. Easy read with lots and lots of info on culture. The story is quite beautiful.
This is a great book to read to get a good look at Indian history, culture, spiritual beliefs, all told from he viewpoint of the indian. The tribes we\ere in the Montana Territory and most were blackfeet, in particular the Pikuni tribe. A good read.
James Welch was born in Browning, Mt, the headquarters of the Blackfeet Nation. His book gives us Napikwans an insight into the way the Blackfeet of the middle to late 1800's lived and thought. It uses their thoughts written in the English language to express their history and culture. Sticky mouths are black bears, long legs are elks, Blackhorns are buffalo, for examples. I found their religion as told by Mr Welch, a native Blackfoot, interesting and informative. If you want a true story of the Blackfeet, read this book. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
"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 Native American Literature." - Wallace Stegner