Cover image for The way of the warrior : stories of the Crow people
The way of the warrior : stories of the Crow people
Old Coyote, Henry.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 129 pages 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E99.C92 O52 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



With vigor and insight, Crow elders tell their favorite stories of the exploits of memorable leaders from years past in The Way of the Warrior . Rousing adventures and unforgettable warriors inhabit these tales: the impetuous Rabbit Child, who rushes to his fate as he keeps a sacred vow; the rise to power and dreaded revenge of Red Bear, one of the greatest and most spiritually powerful Crow leaders; the dazzling success and even greater shame of Spotted Horse; and the legendary bravery of Top of the Mountain. Decades ago the storytellers represented in this volume--including Carl Crooked Arm, Plain Feather, and Cold Wind--recounted these tales to two Crow brothers, Henry Old Coyote and Barney Old Coyote Jr. The Old Coyote brothers recorded, transcribed, and translated into English the accounts, which have now been edited and introduced by Barney's granddaughter, Phenocia Bauerle. Bauerle's editing has preserved the power of the traditional Crow oral tales and has made them accessible to non-Crow readers as well. The result is a work that entertains and teaches readers about traditional Crow leaders and their world. This remarkable collection of stories also shows that the values that guided and inspired the Crow people in the past remain meaningful for them today.

Author Notes

Phenocia Bauerle is a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship for Graduate Study in Education and is enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The telling of stories to pass on traditional values is vividly manifested here by four stories recorded just as they were told by three Crow storytellers born in the 1800s. The first describes the cult of the Crazy Dog, whose members vow to die in battle "as if it meant nothing." The second revolves around Red Bear, the great early nineteenth-century Crow leader who always exhibited modesty and unfailing respect for his elders. The stories of two other brave warriors document the fact that fame and glory are "elusive and fleeting in the Crow way of life." One warrior loses the respect of even his own clan as he lets his temper prevail over his actions and dies in ignominy. The other oversteps the boundaries of tradition by taking too many wives, and he, too, becomes an object of pity. These stories, so painstakingly recorded, can easily be adapted by contemporary storytellers to convey moral teachings, making them, in Bauerle's words, "as valuable to the Crow people today as they were two hundred years ago." --Deborah Donovan

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Alanna Kathleen Brownp. ix
Patricia Old Coyote Bauerlep. xi
Phenocia Bauerlep. xvi
Part 1. The Crow Way of Life
The Crow Community through Changing Timesp. 3
Crow Values in the Storiesp. 9
The Storytellersp. 21
Part 2. The Stories
Rabbit Child: A Crazy Dog of the Crowsp. 27
The Saga of Red Bearp. 39
Elusive Fame and Glory: The Story of Spotted Horsep. 76
The Years Following the Red Lodgep. 95
Notesp. 117
Glossary of Crow Termsp. 119
Indexp. 121