Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Raven Character Analysis

Mik-api’s spirit animal. He also assists Fools Crow and helps him find Skunk Bear, Fools Crow’s own spirit animal. Raven often speaks through Mik-api to guide Fools Crow as he searches for a way to save his people and the Pikuni way of life from the violence of the seizers.

Raven Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Raven or refer to Raven. 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 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:
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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Raven Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Raven appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
 Later, Mik-api tells White Man’s Dog about a dream he had. In this dream, Raven came down from the Backbone of the World and told him that behind Chief Mountain,... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...his creator, and suddenly the bird begins to speak. “I speak many languages,” he says. Raven tells White Man’s Dog that while he is powerful, he is not strong, and he... (full context)
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
White Man’s Dog quickly frees the wolverine from trap. Raven instructs him to feed Skunk Bear some of his meat and tells him to sleep... (full context)
Chapter 10
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...of the berry sticks, but the other holds firm. He is in searing pain, and Raven flies into the lodge and caws to him, “think of Skunk Bear, your power—.” The... (full context)
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...then tells him to always leave a chunk of liver behind from every kill for Raven. (full context)
Chapter 14
War Theme Icon
Suddenly, Raven arrives just as a real-bear drags off Fools Crow’s bighorn. Raven says that he has... (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... (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
That night, Raven visits the dreams of the Napikwan who has been shooting the animals and tells the... (full context)
Chapter 22
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
Fools Crow enters the lodge, surprising Mik-api. Raven had told Mik-api that Fools Crow was out looking for Fast Horse, and he didn’t... (full context)