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VOYAThis fascinating account of life on a Crow reservation is told by a Crow chief and tribal anthropologist. The author was born in 1913 on the Crow reservation in Eastern Montana and trained as a Crow warrior, but he also enjoyed a carefree childhood full of games and Crow lore. It ended abruptly when he was sent to a Baptist mission school and forced by white teachers to shed his tribal identity. Yet he was a bright student who quickly learned to balance life in both worlds and ended up the first male member of the Crow tribe to graduate from college. Inducted into the army in 1942, he served his country overseas during World War II. Because of his bravery in battle, he became a Crow war chief upon his return to the reservation. After the war, he earned a Master's Degree in anthropology and was appointed tribal anthropologist, allowing him to document the quickly vanishing Crow cultural legacy. This primary account of life as a Crow warrior is invaluable to students learning about Native American culture and history. Joseph Medicine Crow tells his story in an absorbing, humorous style borrowed from the tradition of Crow storytelling. It would be an excellent addition to middle school history curriculums as it brings the past to life in a way that textbooks often fail to do. The colorful photos included in the text heighten the immediacy of the narrative. The book is highly recommended for both public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, National Geographic, 128p.; Photos., Ages 11 to 15.