The Crow tribe were a nomadic group of hunters who roamed the Great Plains in search of buffalo. They were kin to the Hidatsa tribe. The Crow were known as notorious marauders and horse-stealers. The tribe was particularly noted for their long hair which trailed to the ground.
In many Native American tribes the crow is revered as the sacred keeper of law; an oracle of divination and magic and a symbol of rebirth and change. They are a powerful spirit guides and the message of their medicine should not be ignored despite the negative myths surrounding the crow.
The name of the tribe, Absaroka (pronounced ab-SOR-ka), which translates as “children of the large-beaked bird”, was given to them by the Hidatsa, a neighboring Siouan-speaking tribe. French interpreters translated the name as gens du corbeau (“people of [the] crow “), and they became known in English as the Crow.
Many Crow children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play in their daily lives, just like colonial children. But they did have dolls, toys, and games to play. Here is a picture of a hoop game enjoyed by Plains Indian kids.
Quahadis were the hardest, fiercest, least yielding component of a tribe that had long had the reputation as the most violent and warlike on the continent; if they ran low on water, they were known to drink the contents of a dead horse’s stomach, something even the toughest Texas Ranger would not do.
The practice was most common among eastern Woodland Indians and tribesmen of the Plains. The farther west you moved, the rarer it became. Warriors of the Great Plains decorated their bridles, lances and shields with scalp locks raised from the enemies.
Crows are known to behave strangely around their dead: they gather around and squawk loudly nearby. The idea that it is part of some sort of ritual funeral has often been proposed.
Finding two crows, however, means good luck. Three crows mean health, and four crows mean wealth. Yet spotting five crows means sickness is coming, and witnessing six crows means death is nearby.”
They are said to be a symbol of bad luck, and were the god’s messengers in the mortal world. According to the mythological narration, Apollo sent a white raven, or crow in some versions to spy on his lover, Coronis.
The Mohawk, and the Attacapa, Tonkawa, and other Texas tribes were known to their neighbours as ‘man-eaters.'” The forms of cannibalism described included both resorting to human flesh during famines and ritual cannibalism, the latter usually consisting of eating a small portion of an enemy warrior.
Crowe or Crow is a surname of Middle English origin. Its Old English origin means ‘ crow ‘, and was a nickname for someone said to resemble this bird, probably if they had very dark hair. The name is historically most common in the English Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk particularly around the City of Norwich.
In the 1860s and ’70s, the United States Army was engaged in war with the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. The Pawnee tribe had fought these other tribes for years, and so the Army turned to the Pawnee for help against a common foe. The Lakota (Sioux ) had much more trouble with early emigrants than other tribes.
Tribal Headquarters Blackfeet Nation. Chippewa Cree Tribe. Crow Nation. Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Fort Belknap Assiniboine & Gros Ventre Tribes. Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes. Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
Eighty-five percent speak Crow as their first language. This tribe was called ” Apsaalooke,” which means “children of the large-beaked bird.” White men later misinterpreted the word as “crow.” Chief Plenty Coups was the last chief to gain that status in the traditional Crow manner.