From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories

From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories

From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories

From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories

Synopsis

The world of the Crow Indians comes to life in this extraordinary collection of stories from respected elder and famed storyteller Joseph Medicine Crow. Raised by traditional grandparents, who remembered life before the reservation days, Medicine Crow as a child would listen to stories that his grandfather and other elders told during sweat baths. He also learned about the Indian wars of earlier years from White Man Runs Him, one of Custer's Crow scouts. Medicine Crow became a passionate collector of stories and information about Crow life and history. This volume is a fascinating and informative collection of legends, humorous tales, history, and detailed accounts of life and culture, all told from Crow points of view.

Excerpt

At the outset I wish to make a specific statement, my position statement as it were, as a historian of the Crow tribe. I was designated as the tribal historian and anthropologist by the Crow Tribal Council in 1948. I have always endeavored to conduct my researches in the following manner:

1. I try to keep my tribal ethnohistory data as accurate and current as possible through constant checking, rechecking, and cross-checking of the documents accumulated on the particular project I am pursuing. Unfortunately, the professional tribal historians and storytellers are all gone now and I must work with their children and grandchildren who have been exposed to their views and recitals of the old stories. Working with these secondhand informants is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, but it has been interesting and challenging. But thanks to ethnographer-investigators such . . .

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