Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Chief of the Crow Indians. Bull Shield chops off Yellow Kidney’s fingers as a warning to other Pikunis after he is caught raiding the Crows’ camp, and he is later killed by Fools Crow as revenge on Yellow Kidney’s behalf. Fools Crow earns his name by tricking Bull Shield and pretending to be dead before killing him, although this is a misunderstanding; Fools Crow never fools Bull Shield, he simply falls and is spared in the time it takes for Bull Shield to kill Fox Eyes.

Bull Shield Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Bull Shield or refer to Bull Shield. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Fools Crow published in 1986.
Chapter 12 Quotes

White Man’s Dog stood and watched the burial and thought of the afternoon a few days before when Sun Chief hid his face. And he thought of Fox Eyes riding down on Bull Shield instead of taking the simple shot that would have killed the Crow. White Man’s Dog couldn’t shake the feeling that Fox Eyes knew he was going to die, perhaps even wanted to. Only great chiefs died when Sun hid his face.

Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 14 Quotes

“You saw our war party attack the camp of Bull Shield!”

“Oh, yes. You killed twenty-three men. Alas, you also killed six women and one child.” Raven sighed. “Such is war.”

“Then you saw me kill the two warriors!” Fools Crow exclaimed. “You saw me trick Bull Shield!”

Raven reached down and picked at the silver bracelet. It jingled on the rock, the tiny sound echoing around the basin. “I don’t think you fooled him, do you? The one you got your name for?”

Fools Crow felt his face grow hot with shame. “I fell,” he said weakly. “I thought I had been shot. I had been shot, but…”

Related Characters: White Man’s Dog/Fools Crow (speaker), Raven (speaker), Bull Shield
Page Number: 164
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bull Shield Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Bull Shield appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
...Crow camps, and Yellow Kidney tells Eagle Ribs his plan to take the camp of Bull Shield , the Crow chief, and steal his buffalo-runner.  (full context)
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...of the other men. The younger men are nervous about Yellow Kidney’s plan to attack Bull Shield , and he is beginning to doubt his ability to lead them. Still, Yellow Kidney... (full context)
Chapter 8
War Theme Icon
...When he entered the Crow camp on the night of the raid, he easily found Bull Shield ’s buffalo-runner, and the animal was eager to go with him. As he made his... (full context)
War Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...and was shot in the thigh by the Crow. They meant to scalp him, but Bull Shield stopped them and instead cut off each of his fingers as a warning to other... (full context)
Chapter 11
War Theme Icon
...warriors’ banter that they are ready for battle. He tells them that they will punish Bull Shield . “His is the head that will be cut off so that our friend Yellow... (full context)
Chapter 12
War Theme Icon
At dawn, the Pikunis attack the village of Bull Shield . As he rides through the village, White Man’s Dog fires his many-shots gun, killing... (full context)
War Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
White Man’s Dog falls, and he sees Fox Eyes ride down on Bull Shield so that he can kill him close. Bull Shield fires the gun and Fox Eyes... (full context)
War Theme Icon
...Dog watches, he thinks about Sun Chief hiding his face and Fox Eyes riding to Bull Shield when he had a clear shot from a distance. Fox Eyes could have easily killed... (full context)
Chapter 13
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
...a celebration the night before, White Man’s Dog was renamed Fools Crow—because he had tricked Bull Shield by pretending to be dead before he killed him. Fools Crow had drunk the white... (full context)
Chapter 14
War Theme Icon
...camp, and when Fools Crow asks him excitedly if he had seen how he killed Bull Shield , Raven says, “Oh, yes. You killed twenty-three men. Alas, you also killed six women... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
Raven points out that Fools Crow didn’t really trick Bull Shield , and that the Lone Eaters only think he did. Fools Crow is ashamed. Raven... (full context)