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Crow - A Siouan tribe which ranged the eastern vicinity of the Rocky Mountains.  They are said to have been given their name by the Cheyenne, who in first meeting them found they had a pet "medicine crow."  however, their own name, Absarokee meant "Crow People," or "Bird People."

Crow Indian ChiefThe Crow were at one point a part of the Hidatsa, or Gros Ventre, dwelling along the Missouri River.  According to their tradition two of their chiefs had a dispute over the division of the paunch of a buffalo during a hunt, and each went his way with an equal number of followers.  Those known as the Crow went farther west than the others.  Because of this fight over the ventre, or stomach of the buffalo, they were at one time known as the Gros Ventre of the Prairies.  This name, however, later was identified with the Atsina.

The Crow men were fine looking, tall, and well formed, although the women were said to have been small and inferior.  The French called them "the handsome men."  Maximilian, the German author, who wrote Travels in the Interior of North America, considered them the proudest of any Indians he met.

The Crow wore their hair cut in front in a bang, but when they were in full dress this portion was made to stand up by mixing it with clay and glue.  The remainder of the hair was braided on both sides.  In dress they wore a hooded coat made of a blanket, preferring blankets of red and white stripes.

The Crow were constantly at war with the Cheyenne, Dakota, and Arapaho.  After 1876 they remained at peace with the white man and many served as army scouts in the western Indian wars.  The Indian form of their name, Absarokee, appears as a place name in North Dakota, and more prominently as Absaroka, a range of mountains and a national forest  Yellowstone National Park

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