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Stunning portraits of chiefs and members of the Crow tribe

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The Native American Crow Tribe, known in their Siouan language as “Apsáalooke,” lived around the Yellowstone River.

The river which stretches from modern-day Wyoming through Montana and into North Dakota, where it joins the Missouri River.

 

White Swan, Crow

White Swan, Crow

 

A Crow indian

A Crow indian

 

Bull Chief - Apsaroke, 1908

Bull Chief – Apsaroke, 1908

The name “Apsáalooke” means “children of the large-beaked bird” and was given to them by a neighboring Siouan tribe, the Hidatsa.

French interpreters translated the name as gens du corbeaux (“people of [the] crows”), so they became known as the Crow.

Goes Ahead - Crow

Goes Ahead – Crow

 

Wolf - Crow

Wolf – Crow

 

Frémont and '49

Frémont and ’49

 

White Swan, Crow

White Swan, Crow

 

White man runs him

White man runs him

 

Edward S. Curtis photographic portrait of Plenty Coups,

Edward S. Curtis photographic portrait of Plenty Coups,

The early settlement of Crow tribe was around Lake Erie in Ohio. However, the Ojibwe and Cree peoples, who attained better access to guns through the fur trade, pressured the Crow to migrate to the south of Lake Winnipeg.

There, the Crows faced another aggressive and not so friendly neighbors, the Cheyennes, who pushed them to the West. Both the Crow and Cheyenne tribe were pushed further west by the Lakota (Sioux) who took control over the territory from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Big Horn Mountains of Montana.

While the Cheyennes allied with the Sioux, the Crow tribe remained a bitter enemy of both tribes.

Spotted Rabbit (Crow tribe) on horseback, Montana.

Spotted Rabbit (Crow tribe) on horseback, Montana.

 

Spotted Jack Rabbit, Crow Photo Credit

Spotted Jack Rabbit, Crow Photo Credit

 

Spies On The Enemy, Crow

Spies On The Enemy, Crow.Photo Credit

 

Spies On The Enemy, Crow Photo Credit

Spies On The Enemy, Crow Photo Credit

 

Photograph of Crow Indian Swallow Bird by Edward S. Curtis, 1908

Photograph of Crow Indian Swallow Bird by Edward S. Curtis, 1908

 

Photograph of Crow Indian chief Pretty Eagle

Photograph of Crow Indian chief Pretty Eagle

 

Coups Well Known - Apsaroke, 1908

Coups Well Known – Apsaroke, 1908

 

Cabinet card photo of Crow Army scout Yellow Dog aka Old Coyote, aka Fox Just Coming Over The Hill

Cabinet card photo of Crow Army scout Yellow Dog aka Old Coyote, aka Fox Just Coming Over The Hill

 

Cabinet card photo of Crow Army scout Yellow Dog aka Old Coyote, aka Fox Just Coming Over The Hill

Cabinet card photo of Crow Army scout Yellow Dog aka Old Coyote, aka Fox Just Coming Over The Hill

 

Hail Stone, Crow Indian by Frank Jay Haynes, 1883

Hail Stone, Crow Indian by Frank Jay Haynes, 1883

 

Photograph of a delegation of important Crow Nation Indian chiefs, 1880.w

Photograph of a delegation of important Crow Nation Indian chiefs, 1880.w

 

Crow Indian warriors. (Group posing in front of a teepee.), by Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay), 1853-1921

Crow Indian warriors. (Group posing in front of a teepee.), by Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay), 1853-1921

 

 

Crow Indian Chiefs.

Crow Indian Chiefs.

 

Crow Indians offering food -Edward S. Curtis

Crow Indians offering food -Edward S. Curtis

 

Crow men trading on horseback- Edward S. Curtis

Crow men trading on horseback- Edward S. Curtis

 

Crow Tribe

Crow Tribe

 

Eight Crow prisoners under guard at Crow agency, Montana,

Eight Crow prisoners under guard at Crow agency, Montana,

Our story here tells of a sad ending:  The terrifying Lake Shawnee Amusement Park was built on an American Indian burial ground and many believe to be horribly cursed

The Crow people have been concentrated on a reservation south of Billing, Montana since the 19th century. Today, they are enrolled in the federally recognized Crow Tribe of Montana.