Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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The collective Gods of the water worshipped by the Pikuni people, commonly depicted as fish, frogs, or slippery swimmers. Usually, the Pikuni people pray to the Underwater People along with the Above Ones and the Below Ones, while also smoking to the four directions of north, south, east, and west.

The Underwater People Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by The Underwater People or refer to The Underwater People. 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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