Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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The many-faces man of the Lone Eaters’ band. Mik-api is the physical and spiritual healer of his tribe, and he takes Fools Crow on as his apprentice. He is first taught the art of healing by his aunt, a healing woman from the Never Laughs band, and after he falls in love and marries a Black Paint slave, Mik-api continues to learn healing under the direction of a Black Paint many-faces man. Mik-api’s young wife dies after just two years of marriage; claiming to be “satisfied with his memories of his Black Paint wife,” he never remarries. Mik-api’s spirit animal is an aptly named Raven, and he often speaks through Mik-api to help guide Fools Crow. After forty winters as the Lone Eaters’ many-faces man, Mik-api leads the procession that takes the surviving Pikuni north.

Mik-api Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Mik-api or refer to Mik-api. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Fools Crow published in 1986.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“It surprises you that I speak the language of the two-leggeds. It’s easy, for I have lived among you many times in my travel. I speak many languages. I converse with the blackhorns and the real-bears and the wood-biters. Bigmouth and I discuss many things.” Raven made a face. “I even deign to speak once in a while with the swift silver people who live in the water—but they are dumb and lead lives without interest. I myself am very wise. That is why Mik-api treats me to a smoke now and then.”

Related Characters: Raven (speaker), White Man’s Dog/Fools Crow, Mik-api
Page Number: 57
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mik-api Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Mik-api appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Fast Horse tells White Man’s Dog that Mik-api, a powerful many-faces man, has strong medicine and has agreed to perform a ceremony. White... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Meanwhile, White Man’s Dog examines a small pouch of yellow pigment given to him by Mik-api. Before setting out on their journey, the many-faces man had invited White Man’s Dog and... (full context)
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...readies himself for the raid. He dips his fingers into the yellow paint just as Mik-api had taught him and prays to Sun Chief. He vows to sacrifice before the Medicine... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Meanwhile, White Man’s Dog gives five of his best horses to Mik-api and visits the old man frequently. Mik-api soon asks White Man’s Dog to prepare the... (full context)
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 Later, Mik-api tells White Man’s Dog about a dream he had. In this dream, Raven came down... (full context)
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...for the four-legged caught in the trap. He thinks that it is a wolverine, although Mik-api refused to confirm this. He comes across a fat raven and begins to follow it.... (full context)
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...abuse his power, Raven says. He then tells White Man’s Dog to always listen to Mik-api, as he will speak through him. (full context)
Chapter 7
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Later, White Man’s Dog visits with Mik-api. Winter is over, and he is excited to go to the trading fort and secure... (full context)
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White Man’s Dog tells Mik-api about his dreams of the white-faced girl. After a purifying sweat, Mik-api performs a ceremony... (full context)
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White Man’s Dog asks Mik-api how he became a many-faces man. Mik-api tells him that as a young man, he... (full context)
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Head Carrier told Mik-api to let him die in peace, and Mik-api left him. As he walked along the... (full context)
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After Mik-api applied the mud to Head Carrier’s wounds, he made a full recovery. Mik-api later told... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...for Yellow Kidney’s disappearance, but now he is not sure. He tells his father about Mik-api’s ceremony and how the bad spirit of his dream is floating about the village. Rides-at-the-door... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Later, Mik-api tells White Man’s Dog that he has recently been to Yellow Kidney’s lodge and that... (full context)
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Later that day, Mik-api and two other men paint White Man’s Dog’s skin white with double rows of black... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Mik-api has told Heavy Shield Woman that he can drive the bad spirit from Yellow Kidney,... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...days later, Fast Horse wakes in Boss Ribs’ lodge. Boss Ribs tells his son that Mik-api has healed his body with his magic but couldn’t heal his soul. Because of this,... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Back at the camp of the Lone Eaters, Mik-api watches Red Paint cook. She reminds him of his own wife who died forty years... (full context)
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Mik-api remarks to Red Paint that she “looks different,” and then he guesses that she is... (full context)
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Mik-api has been dreaming for the last three nights, but his dreaming powers are beginning to... (full context)
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Fools Crow enters the lodge, surprising Mik-api. Raven had told Mik-api that Fools Crow was out looking for Fast Horse, and he... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...swallowing. He is unable to take any water and his eyes have a blank expression. Mik-api is away from camp visiting another tribe, but Fools Crow remembers a ritual that he... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...Four Horns agency. Fools Crow has since returned from his vision quest, and he helps Mik-api and Boss Ribs tend to the sick. Fools Crow knows that their magic is useless... (full context)
Chapter 36
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In the moon of the first thunder, Mik-api sits in his lodge alone. He thinks of his late wife and the time he... (full context)
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Mik-api removes the Thunder Pipe from a bundle and unwraps it. He says a prayer to... (full context)
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A procession begins with Mik-api at the front. Fools Crow and Red Paint, with a cradleboard on her back, wait... (full context)