Fools Crow

Fools Crow


James Welch

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Nopatsis Character Analysis

One of the orphan brothers associated with the story of the Beaver Medicine bundle. In Pikuni legend, Nopatsis’s wife grows tired of his brother, Akaiyan, and after falsely accusing him of abuse, Nopatsis leaves his brother for dead on a deserted island. He later comes back to search for his bones, and Akaiyan, who has been taken in by a family of beaver, tricks him and in turn leaves his brother for dead. Nopatsis dies on the island and Akaiyan later comes back to find his bones.
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Nopatsis Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Nopatsis appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Boss Ribs tells Fools Crow about two orphan brothers, Akaiyan and Nopatsis. Akaiyan lived with Nopatsis and his wife, who grew tired of Akaiyan. She tore her... (full context)
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spring came and Nopatsis returned to the island to find his brother’s bones. Akaiyan waited in the bushes, and... (full context)