Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Joe Kipp Character Analysis

An Indian half-breed who knows the Pikuni language. Joe Kipp brings John Gates and Captain Snelling to the Lone Eaters’ camp in search of Mountain Chief and Owl Child in connection to Malcolm Clark’s murder, and he later tells Three Bears and the other Lone Eaters that the Napikwans would like to meet at the Four Horns agency to discuss Owl Child’s arrest and the return of the Napikwans’ stolen livestock. Joe Kipp struggles with his torn identity, and the Lone Eaters do not respect him—they feel as if Joe does the white man’s bidding.

Joe Kipp Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Joe Kipp or refer to Joe Kipp. 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 22 Quotes

These people have not changed, thought Kipp, but the world they live in has. You could look at it one of two ways: Either their world is shrinking or that other world, the one the white man brought with him, is expanding. Either way, the Pikuni loses, and Kipp—well, Joe Kipp is somewhere in the middle—and has a job to do. He slipped a big gold Ingersoll from his waist-coat pocket and sprung the lid. One o’clock. He could deliver his message to the Lone Eaters and make the Hard Topknots’ camp by nightfall.

Related Characters: Joe Kipp
Page Number: 254
Explanation and Analysis:

“We will lose our grandchildren, Three Bears. They will be wiped out or they will turn into Napikwans. Already some of our children attend their school at the agency. Our men wear trousers and the women prefer the trade-cloth to skins. We wear their blankets, cook in their kettles, and kill the blackhorns with their bullets. Soon our young women will marry them, like the Liars and the Cutthroats.”

Related Characters: Rides-at-the-door (speaker), Three Bears, Joe Kipp
Page Number: 257
Explanation and Analysis:
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Joe Kipp Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Joe Kipp appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
...Napikwans riding toward camp, and then he sees the blue-coat seizers. They are accompanied by Joe Kipp, a half-breed who knows the Pikuni tongue. There are more than eighty of them,... (full context)
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
Joe introduces two of the men as Captain Snelling and John Gates. They tell Three Bears... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Three Bears is upset, and he tells Joe that there are better ways to earn a living than riding with Napikwans. He says... (full context)
Chapter 22
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Joe Kipp sits overlooking the Lone Eaters’ camp. He thinks back to years earlier when he... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
Later that night, the elder Lone Eaters meet to discuss Joe Kipp’s message. The seizer chiefs would like to meet with the Pikuni chiefs for a... (full context)
Chapter 33
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
...are hundreds of them. They carry many-shots guns, and near the front, Fools Crow recognizes Joe Kipp. Fools Crow wonders where they are headed as the scene begins to fade. (full context)