Bozeman Book Club - "Fools Crow"
We are pleased to have Jyl Shaffer, Adjunct Faculty in the Native American Studies Department at Montana State University, lead our discussion of this book.
The author of “Fools Crow”, James Welch, son of a Blackfeet father and Gros Ventre mother, was born in Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation and grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation.
“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.”