Plenty-coups: Chief of the Crows (Second Edition)

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In his old age, Plenty-coups (1848?1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the moving story of his life to Frank B. Linderman, the well-known western writer who had befriended him. Plenty-coups is a classic account of the nomadic, spiritual, and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced onto reservations. Plenty-coups tells of the great triumphs and struggles of his own life: his powerful medicine dreams, marriage, raiding and counting coups against the Lakotas, fighting ...
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Overview

In his old age, Plenty-coups (1848–1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the moving story of his life to Frank B. Linderman, the well-known western writer who had befriended him. Plenty-coups is a classic account of the nomadic, spiritual, and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced onto reservations. Plenty-coups tells of the great triumphs and struggles of his own life: his powerful medicine dreams, marriage, raiding and counting coups against the Lakotas, fighting alongside the U.S. Army, and the death of General Custer.

This new edition allows readers to appreciate more fully the accomplishments and rich legacy of Plenty-coups. A previously unpublished essay by Linderman tells of his meeting and working with the chief. An introduction by Phenocia Bauerle and Barney Old Coyote Jr., both members of the Crow Nation, speaks to the enduring importance of Plenty-coups for the Crow people in the twenty-first century; an afterword by Timothy P. McCleary, also of the Crow Nation, highlights the pivotal role Plenty-coups played during the early reservation years after the buffalo had gone; an essay by Celeste River examines the special relationship between the old chief and Linderman; a map of Plenty-coups's world highlights places named in the story; a glossary of Crow words and concepts found in the story draws upon the latest orthographic standards and contemporary translation; and a photo gallery showcases both Plenty-coups at different stages of his life and unforgettable scenes of his world.

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Editorial Reviews

Plenty Coups
"All my life I have tried to learn as the Chickadee learns, by listening,—profiting by the mistakes of others, that I might help my people. . . . My whole thought is of my people. I want them to be healthy, to become again the race they have been."—Plenty Coups
Los Angeles Times
"An exciting account by one of the last great chiefs."—Los Angeles Times
American Heritage

"The eloquent memoir . . . is one of the best of the Indian autobiographies."—American Heritage

American Heritage Publishing Staff
"The eloquent memoir . . . is one of the best of the Indian autobiographies."—American Heritage
Los Angeles Times

"An exciting account by one of the last great chiefs."—Los Angeles Times

Plenty Coups

"All my life I have tried to learn as the Chickadee learns, by listening,—profiting by the mistakes of others, that I might help my people. . . . My whole thought is of my people. I want them to be healthy, to become again the race they have been."—Plenty Coups

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280182
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 723,423
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank B. Linderman is the author of Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, available in a Bison Books edition. Phenocia Bauerle and Barney Old Coyote Jr. are the editor and compiler, respectively, of The Way of the Warrior: Stories of the Crow People, (Nebraska 2003). Timothy P. McCleary teaches anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the author of The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Introduction ix
Place Names xvii
Meeting Plenty-coups xxi
Foreword xxvii
Chapter 11
Chapter 219
Chapter 326
Chapter 438
Chapter 543
Chapter 654
Chapter 762
Chapter 869
Chapter 975
Chapter 1085
Chapter 1199
Chapter 12105
Chapter 13113
Chapter 14123
Chapter 15131
Chapter 16140
Chapter 17146
Chapter 18152
Chapter 19157
Chapter 20162
Author's Note 169
Afterword 173
Glossary 184
Index 185
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