Friday, April 2, 2010

Review-Counting Coup, Becoming A Crow Chief On The Reservation And Beyond

The following links give more information about the Crow Native American's:

Link for more information about Joseph Medicine Crow including video:

 Link for information from PBS with picture of Joe Medicine Crow and WWII history:

A young Joseph Medicine Crow.

This book is for 5th Grade and up, considered young adult non-fiction.
Published by National Geographic Children's Books 2006, 123 pages

The book Counting Coup follows the life of  Joseph Medicine Crow--his upbringing by his grandparents, schooling, and military. The book also gives a glimpse into the life of a Native American growing up on a reservation, and the traditions and stories of his people. It also tells of the tragic prejudice that exists against Native Americans and the endurance of overcoming. Joseph Medicine Crow was born October 27, 1913. Crow is the name given by the white people, but the tribal name is Absarokee meaning children of the large beaked bird. Joseph Medicine Crow is a member of the Whistling Water Clan, one of 10 clans in the Crow nation. The reservation is in the southeast corner of Montana. The American government established the Crow Reservation in 1884. After Joseph's birth a Sioux Indian was visiting his grandfather and he gave the name of Winter Man to Joseph, it was this name that he would be known by for years by the Crow Nation. Counting coup is a French word meaning to touch the enemy. 
Joseph Medicine Crow writes this book with pride in the history of his people. It is interesting and inspiring.
This is a great book for a young adult or adult to read and better understand the Crow Native American's.

This book was an sobering reminder that I live in a white world and I am sorely ignorant of other American cultures. My plan is to read several books this year on other groups of Americans, especially the Native American's.

This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Blissful Reading!

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