The Crow Nation: Heroes, Rodeos, and Painted Ponies!

O’siyo. Here is an update for the ESL lesson plan for the Crow Nation. The Crow people are  also known as Absaroka or Apsaalooke. Their brave spirits have taken them on many new paths. The People of the Crow Nation are very active in joining the old ways with the new.

Original Crow Lesson Plan with Answer Key here.

The People

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow walks on, April 3, 2016.

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow. Photoworldwisdom.comjpg

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow.

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Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird, [ October 27, 1913 – April 3, 2016 ] was an author and historian of the Crow Nation of Native Americans. His writings on Native American history and reservation culture are considered seminal works, but he is best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. During his lifetime he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Légion d’honneur. During World War II, he became the last war chief of the Crow Tribe, and was the last living Plains Indian war chief. He was a founding member of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth. Wikipedia

STORY OF A  WW II CROW HERO 

Joseph-Medicine-Crow-about-to-enter-the-dance-arena-at-the-annual-Crow-Fair. Photo-by-Glen-Swanson.

Joseph-Medicine-Crow-about-to-enter-the-dance-arena-at-the-annual-Crow-Fair. Photo-by-Glen-Swanson.

“In World War II, I managed to have captured fifty head of horses. These were not ordinary horses. They belonged to SS officers, you know? During the last days of the war over there, there was a lot of confusion, so a bunch of these SS officers got on their horses and took off … They were heading back to Germany. And here’s that old sneaky old Crow Indian now following them, watching them. So they camped for the night. I sneak in there and took all their fifty head of horses, left them on foot. So I got on one, looked around there and I even sang a Crow victory song all by myself. Crows do that when they think they’re all by themselves, they do things like that. So I sang a victory song.” ~Joseph-Medicine-Crow~

Medal of Freedom is presented to Joseph Medicine Crow by President Barack Obama. Photo- USC

Medal of Freedom is presented to Joseph Medicine Crow by President Barack Obama. Photo- USC

THE FAMOUS CROW FAIR & Rodeo!

The beautiful Crow women in the parade.

The beautiful Crow women in the Crow Fair & Rodeo parade.

“The Annual Crow Fair Celebration it is one of the largest gatherings of the year for the Apsáalooke Nation and is considered the largest modern day American Indian encampment in the Nation. Deemed the “Teepee Capital of the World” because of the approximately 1,200 to 1,500 teepees in the encampment during the one week of celebration that the Crow Fair is happening.There are many cultural activities that take place throughout the days of this great celebration.”  

The Crow men are Rough Riding. Crow Fair and Rodeo.

The Crow men are legendary for their roping and riding skills. Crow Fair and Rodeo.

Dancer wears colorful regalia. Crow Fair and Rodeo. Photo: Crow site.

Dancer wears colorful regalia. Crow Fair and Rodeo.

Beautiful Ladies' regalia From the Crow Fair and Rodeo. Photo- Crow site.

Beautiful Ladies’ regalia From the Crow Fair and Rodeo.

Mark your calendars! The dates for the Crow Fair and Rodeo this year August 15, 2013- August 19, 2013-More information.

 APSAALOOKE ART AND PAINTED HORSES

Kennard Real Bird painting a pony as part of the WIHS partnership with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at WIHS Kids’ Day in 2011. (Photo- Lawrence J. Nagy) WIHS.

Kennard Real Bird painting a pony as part of the WIHS partnership with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at WIHS Kids’ Day in 2011. (Photo- Lawrence J. Nagy) WIHS.

Crow Legacy of On-Body Horse Painting

“Brady Willette, a longtime commercial photographer, grew up fascinated by the skills of the Indian warriors and their remarkable relationships with their equine partners. Compelled to honor this extraordinary era through his art, Brady was fortunate to find a number of American Indian collaborators for his visionary “War Pony,” series. Among them was a member of the Crow Tribe, Kennard Real Bird, one of the few American Indians who helped preserve the legacy of “on-body horse painting.”

Decorated Paint Horse Being Prepped For Brady's 
War Pony Photo-Shoot.

Decorated Paint Horse Being Prepped For Brady’s 
War Pony Photo-Shoot.

The Famous Brady Willette's Crow War Pony.

The Famous Brady Willette’s Crow War Pony.

A VISONARY CROW CHIEF

Plenty-Coups, famous Crow Chief. Photo- Native Quotes.

Plenty-Coups, famous Crow Chief. Photo- Native Quotes.

“As a young boy, Chief Plenty Coups had a vision in which he saw the destruction of the Buffalo herds and the Crow way of life. To the deeply religious Crow, who understand dreams as agents of spiritual instruction, this vision lent moral weight and influenced the path the Crow Nation followed during that time.The boy whose dream was instrumental in setting that policy during those turbulent years grew to be a courageous and honored warrior. Acquiring the name Plenty Coups, he quickly rose to the rank of chief, emerging as a leader whose forceful advocacy of change brought him fame in the world.” -Stan Hoggatt-

 POLITICS

The Crow Nation had a special place in President Obama’a Inaugural Parade. Photo- BlueBloggin

The Crow Nation had a special place in President Obama’a Inaugural Parade. Photo- BlueBloggin

“While he was a presidential candidate, President Barack Obama was officially adopted into the Crow Nation. This occurred when he visited the reservation during his campaign for the presidency of the United States. This was the first time a presidential candidate had visited a tribal reservation…Drums pounded and the crowd cheered as Obama was escorted to the podium by his new parents, Hartford and Mary Black Eagle, in the manner of a groom being walked down the aisle. Obama beamed. His adoptive parents gave Obama hugs as he stepped onto a riser to speak.” The Washington Post-2008.

 

LITERATURE

They Call Me Agnes- A Crow Narrative Based on the Life of Agnes Yellowtail Deernose. By Fred Voget, Barnes & Noble

They Call Me Agnes- A Crow Narrative Based on the Life of Agnes Yellowtail Deernose. By Fred Voget, Barnes & Noble

“In They Call Me Agnes, the narrator, Agnes Deernose, provides a warm, personal view of Crow Indian family life and culture.”

Parading Through History- The Making of the Crow Nation in America 1805-1935. By Frederick E. Hoxie. Google Books.

Parading Through History- The Making of the Crow Nation in America 1805-1935. By Frederick E. Hoxie. Google Books.

“This volume provides a history of the Crow Indians that demonstrates the link between their nineteenth-century nomadic life and their modern existence.”

Plenty-coups the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians. By Frank B. Linderman. Google Books.

Plenty-coups the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians. By Frank B. Linderman. Google Books.

“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.”

The Crow Indians (Second Edition) By Robert Lowie. Google Books.

The Crow Indians (Second Edition) By Robert Lowie. Google Books.

“First published in 1935, The Crow Indians offers a concise and accessible introduction to the nineteenth-century world of the Crow Indians.”

“Education is your greatest weapon…Study, learn, help one another always. Remember there is only poverty and misery in idleness and dreams – but in work there is self respect and independence.” ~Chief Plenty Coups~ Crow Nation (1848 – 1932).

 

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