Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Heavy Runner Character Analysis

A Pikuni chief who advocates for peace with the Napikwans. Heavy Runner goes to the Four Horns agency with a few other Pikuni chiefs and Rides-at-the-door to negotiate peace after Owl Child kills trader Malcolm Clark. While at the agency, Heavy Runner asks General Sully for a “piece of paper” that officially declares him and his camp non-hostile. General Sully signs the paper, but Heavy Runner is later killed in the Marias Massacre.

Heavy Runner Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Heavy Runner or refer to Heavy Runner. 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 7 Quotes

Three Bears turned to Fast Horse. “We do not want trouble with the whites. Now that the great war in that place where Sun Chief rises is over, the blue-coat seizers come out to our country. Their chiefs have warned us more than once that if we make life tough for their people, they will ride against us.” He pointed his pipe in the direction of Owl Child. “If these foolish young men continue their raiding and killing of the Napikwans, we will all suffer. The seizers will kill us, and the Pikuni people will be as the shadows on the land. This must not happen.”

Related Characters: Three Bears (speaker), Owl Child, Heavy Runner
Page Number: 61-2
Explanation and Analysis:
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Heavy Runner Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Heavy Runner appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
...being squeezed, Three Bears,” he says. He tells him that Mountain Chief desires war, and Heavy Runner , another Pikuni chief, wants to negotiate peace and treat with the seizers. All the... (full context)
Chapter 24
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
...party of Pikunis rides toward the Four Horns agency to meet with the seizer chiefs. Heavy Runner is with them, along with a few other lesser chiefs and Rides-at-the-door. The major chiefs... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
Heavy Runner agrees to find Owl Child but says it will be too difficult to bring him... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
As the Pikunis depart, Heavy Runner asks General Sully for “a piece of paper with writing” that states that he, Heavy... (full context)
Chapter 35
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
...weapons. As they move closer, Fools Crow can see that the people are members of Heavy Runner ’s band. (full context)
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
...she says. They had ridden into camp before daybreak and opened fire on their lodges. Heavy Runner is dead, along with many, many others. (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
As Fools Crow rides up to Heavy Runner ’s camp, he tries to brace himself for what he is about to see, but... (full context)