Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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A wolverine and Fools Crow’s spirit animal. Only the grizzly bear is more powerful than Skunk Bear, and Fools Crow is endowed with the power of the wolverine. Skunk Bear also bites of Kills-close-to-the-lake’s finger in a dream as a reminder of her “wickedness” for lusting after Fools Crow, her husband’s son. Most importantly, Skunk Bear directs Fools Crow on his vision quest, and leads him directly to Feather Woman.

Skunk Bear Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Skunk Bear or refer to Skunk Bear. 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 10 Quotes

“It is good to see you again, brother,” [Skunk Bear] said. “I have got myself caught again and there is no one around but you.”

“But why is it so white, Skunk Bear?” White Man’s Dog had to shield his eyes from the glare.

“That’s the way it is now. All the breathing things are gone—except for us. But hurry, brother, for I feel my strength slipping away.”

Related Characters: White Man’s Dog/Fools Crow (speaker), Skunk Bear (speaker)
Related Symbols: The White Stone
Page Number: 119-20
Explanation and Analysis:
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Skunk Bear Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Skunk Bear 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
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...Man’s Dog that while he is powerful, he is not strong, and he can’t free Skunk Bear , who has been slowly dying for four days, from the trap. (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 that night on his left side,... (full context)
Chapter 10
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...in searing pain, and Raven flies into the lodge and caws to him, “think of Skunk Bear , your power—.” The stick breaks free.  (full context)
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
Skunk Bear is near the river, again caught in a Napikwan trap. White Man’s Dog asks the... (full context)
War Theme Icon
...and when she turned to White Man’s Dog, he was gone. In his place was Skunk Bear . He promised to show Kills-close-to-the-lake his magic but then “ravished her” and bit her... (full context)
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
War Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...it, singing the battle song. Although he doesn’t know why, White Man’s Dog believes that Skunk Bear cleansed him and Kills-close-to-the-lake and also had given him more power, in both the song... (full context)
Chapter 29
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...dreams. Suddenly, the dog from the lodge runs by and slips between the trees, disappearing. Skunk Bear runs by, hot on the dog’s trail. (full context)
Chapter 31
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...his dreams have tricked him, and he has been sent to this place to die. Skunk Bear has betrayed him too, and he can’t understand why his spirit animal would do such... (full context)