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

By Joseph Medicine Crow | Go to book overview

Esak
Ebandia
Plays With His Face

About the time the colonists won their independence and became a new nation, tribes of the Western Plains lived by the hunt for their subsistence and conducted intertribal warfare for their avocation. Their life was a continuous drama, a drama that only Mother Earth can produce. Each day was a new episode offering new lands, new challenges, and new experiences. One day they picked berries, the next day they hunted the buffalo, on another day they met the enemy tribe on the battlefield—and that night they enjoyed the victory dance, where recognition and honor were given to the young warriors who had fought courageously. Yes, to these nomads of the Plains, bravery was the highest of the desired qualities: It was the standard by which young men gained social prestige; it was through performing brave war deeds that a man attained chieftaincy.

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