The Beaver Medicine bundle is a bag of totems and objects that collectively represent over four hundred songs and prayers associated with the sacred wood-biter. The songs and prayers fulfill the spiritual needs of the Lone Eaters, and the bundle itself is symbolic of the strength and power of the Pikuni people. The Beaver Medicine bundle is the oldest and holiest medicine of the Blackfeet Indians. Only three such bundles exist, one of which is possessed by Boss Ribs, a heavy-singer-for-the-sick and member of the Lone Eaters’ band. Fast Horse, Boss Ribs’s son, sits and stares at the Beaver Medicine bundle and tries to harness its power when he feels lost after his actions lead to Yellow Kidney’s abduction and torture by the Crows. Later, Boss Ribs hopes to strengthen and renew Fast Horse’s place in the tribe after he banishes himself by teaching him the songs and prayers of the bundle. Boss Ribs also turns to the bundle for power when the white-scabs disease devastates the Lone Eaters’ camp and threatens their very existence. Like the Pikunis themselves, the Beaver Medicine bundle is powerless against the deadly virus, and as Boss Ribs removes the totems from the bundle, the empty bag is symbolic of the Pikunis’ hopelessness.
The Beaver Medicine Bundle Quotes in Fools Crow
But all that had changed now because Fast Horse had changed. He had become an outsider within his own band. He no longer sought the company of others, and they avoided him. The girls who had once looked so admiringly on him now averted their eyes when he passed. The young men considered him a source of bad medicine, and the older ones did not invite him for a smoke. Even his own father had begun to look upon him with doubt and regret. As for Fast Horse, the more he stared at the Beaver Medicine, the more it lost meaning for him. That would not be the way of his power. His power would be tangible and immediate.