Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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The Above Ones Term Analysis

The collective sky Gods worshipped by the Pikuni people, often depicted as the stars and constellations. When praying, the Pikunis give thanks to the Above Ones, the Below Ones, and the Underwater People, an act which often involves smoking to the four directions of north, south, east, and west.

The Above Ones Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by The Above Ones or refer to The Above Ones. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 33 Quotes

“I do not fear for my people now. As you say, we will go to a happier place, far from the Napikwans, this disease and starvation. But I grieve for our children and their children, who will not know the life their people once lived. I see them on the yellow skin and they are dressed like Napikwans, they watch the Napikwans and learn much from them, but they are not happy. They lose their own way.”

“Much will be lost to them,” said Feather Woman. “But they will know the way it was. The stories will be handed down, and they will see that their people were proud and lived in accordance with the Below Ones, the Underwater People—and the Above Ones.”

Related Characters: White Man’s Dog/Fools Crow (speaker), So-at-sa-ki/Feather Woman (speaker)
Page Number: 362-3
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