Osborne Russell's Journal of a Trapper: Edited from the Original… - pp. 218- 228, Letters pp. 236- 248 Summary & Analysis

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pp. 218- 228, Letters pp. 236- 248 Summary and Analysis

(Pages in between are occupied by references.) The Crow Indians live in the rolling black hills around the Yellowstone River. Their numbers are reduced because of war and smallpox. They seized their present territory from the Snake Indians. They have a democratic government and a council body that makes decisions and draft young men into military service. Prostitution is common, but incest is prohibited. A stranger can have a wife but not take her out of the village. The Crow Indians have strict laws about the hunting of buffalo and know how to surround and kill whole buffalo herds. In war, they kill adult males, but young males and women can be captured and made members of the tribe. The Crow Indians have strict laws on which animals can be killed and eaten...

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