This is not a "review" so much as a note of appreciation for something the author accomplishes in this book which may not be immediately apparent. In pointing it out, I hope to inspire other readers to a similar appreciation.
We speak of "sounding the depths" but rarely is this act accomplished with sustained attention to any given utterance. But this is a singular accomplishment of Jonathan Lear in this book. Focusing attention on the utterances of the last great chief of the Crow Indians, Plenty Coups--utterances that have their focal point in the dramatic and enigmatic statement that "the buffalo went away...after this nothing happened"--Lear sounds the depths of Plenty Coup's voice through interpretive questioning both within and beyond it's crumbling cultural context as well as from the perspectives gleaned through a wide range of thought-traditions. But all of this is done while sustaining respect for the particular person in his particular life circumstances. In...
Excellent jurnery of the Crow Nation after the forced move to a reservagtion-----in regards to ethics to use in our own lives! A great read for those interested in Ethics and in the History of the Crow Nation! Br. Jack Isbell, OFC
I've ordered this book several times as gifts because it is an incredible read, so well written and very authentic legacy of Chief Plenty Coups - the last great Crow Chief who dreamed of a chickadee when he was a young boy and the bird told him what the days to come would be like for Crow Nation people.
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