Fools Crow

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Cameron Vollmuth Hist157 Sec308 Jon Shelton Fools Crow Fools Crow, written by James Welch, is a book about a young Blackfoot Indians initiation into manhood. White Man’s Dog is eighteen years old and is seen in the beginning of the book as an inferior, due to the fact he has only 3 horses and no wives. Throughout the book though, White Man’s Dog starts to believe in himself and proves himself worthy to the Blackfoot tribe. Fools Crow is based off of research by the author, James Welch, so it is not a primary source but still includes factual information. Many would believe that Fools Crow is extremely useful in understanding the historical changes in the American West in the years after the Civil War. It has information that is true and shows you how whites and Indians were almost always enemies, which in the context of it, was usually the case in the American West. The white man came looking for land, gold, riches and glory and would partake in anything in order to reach these goals, including having no regard for the people inhabiting the land already, the Indians. In the novel by James Welch, the Indians are extremely frightened of the Napikwans, what they named the white settlers. They knew danger was eminent when it came to the Napikwans. As White Man’s Dog dream told him, “this one was a sign, and he didn’t know how to interpret it. He wanted to go to the white-faced girl but knew that there was danger in that direction” (p. 18). This shows how any white person would mean danger for the Blackfeet. Owl Childs’ gang is infamous for stealing and torturing the Napikwans and making them cry. Mountain Chief leads his gang and they enrage the
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Pikunis, who want to compromise Mountain Chief looks to make a treaty with the Napikwans. The Pikunis know they are dangerous and can easily take down the Indian tribes with their “many-shots” guns, so they look to befriend them so that they can both live peacefully. Sure the Napikwans were seen as villains, but they were still extremely strong and the wise Pikunis, not the reckless gang, knew that they had to eventually get along so that they could all live in peace. Many people, when they think of Native Americans, they think of savages, always
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course HIST 157 taught by Professor Smead during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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