ERIC Number: ED184776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Roaming Days: Warrior Stories. Blackfeet Heritage Program.
Comes At Night, George
The history and culture of the Blackfeet people are reflected in the 10 tales that comprise this volume. Because George Comes At Night already has had considerable experience as a writer, little editing was needed for the book and the stories are almost entirely in the words of the 61-year old author. He states that he has written the stories as they were told to him and that the main events really happened and that the main characters actually existed. A number of the stories are concerned with visionary and magical experiences that were accepted as real and so exerted powerful influences on the lives of the individuals directly involved as well as on those lives of other tribal members. In several of these tales warriors are assisted by their "secret helpers," animals that have come to them in a vision and pledged to help them in all they do. In "Mia-Wa, The Hard Luck Warrior," a man offends his secret helper and so had many years of hard luck. Not until he fasts for four days does he receive another secret helper and become successful in what he undertakes. In "Mik-ka-pi, Red Old Man Adventure," a badly wounded warrior is carried on the back of his secret helper, a bear, to his people's encampment. Other stories are tales of warfare: "The Last Great Battle of Eagle Head" tells of a raid made by the author's grandfather on an enemy camp. Three of the stories are short vignettes about teaching bravery to young boys, constructing a sweat lodge, and feasting after a buffalo hunt. (DS)
Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Browning School District 9, MT.
Identifiers: Blackfeet (Tribe); Cultural Contributions; Ethnic Heritage Studies Program Act; Oral Tradition
Note: For related documents, see RC 011 957-60.