Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Star Boy/Poia/Mistake Morning Star Character Analysis

The son of Morning Star, a Pikuni deity, and So-at-sa-ki, a mortal Pikuni woman. Star Boy is banished to earth by his grandfather, Sun Chief, along with his mother after she digs up the sacred turnip, and a scar begins to form on his face. He later appeals to Sun Chief to remove his scar, and after Star Boy saves his father’s life from a flock of deadly birds, Sun Chief removes his scar and makes him a star in the sky, hence the name Star Boy. He gives the Pikunis the summer ceremony so that they can properly honor Sun Chief, and Star Boy is the Above One who is most like the Pikuni people. He is represented by a constellation called Mistake Morning Star, most likely referring to Jupiter or Saturn.
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Star Boy/Poia/Mistake Morning Star Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Star Boy/Poia/Mistake Morning Star appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...up the turnip. Sun Chief was also angry, and he banished So-at-sa-ki and her son, Star Boy , back to earth to live with her people. She was glad to see them,... (full context)
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
As Star Boy grew into a man, a scar appeared on his face. His people ridiculed and shunned... (full context)
Chapter 23
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
Fools Crow asks One Spot if he remembers the story of Poia, or Scar Face. One Spot remembers that the people scorned him because of his scar,... (full context)
Chapter 31
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...Morning Star, and as Fools Crow looks to the sky, he sees Morning Star and Poia above. The woman begins to weep, and the sound of crying geese escapes her mouth.... (full context)
Chapter 33
Dreams, Visions, and Storytelling Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...not mourn her. Fools Crow tells her that she should be proud of her son, Poia—he has given the people the summer ceremony, after all—but she doesn’t respond. Feather Woman unrolls... (full context)