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Apsaalooke Nation Living in Two Worlds

Adam Sings In The Timber


For my parents, All of them


The Apsaalooke Nation Living in Two Worlds Adam Sings In The Timber


Foreword The Apsaalooke (Crow) are a nation living in two worlds -- the modern world of television and the Internet and the traditional world of language and the clan system. Horses have become pick-up trucks and beef is the new buffalo. Many Apsaalooke coexist easily in both worlds, some do not. Some have found redemption in Christianity while others have returned to the old ways for guidance. Whether or not individual members of the Apsaalooke Nation rise or fall, the nation as a whole will survive. This is a snapshot of the Apsaalooke. The Apsaalooke are beautiful. Adam R. Sings In The Timber (Singer-Not Afraid) “Crow Country is exactly in the right place. It has snowy mountains and sunny plains; all kinds of climates and good things for every season. When the summer heats scorch the prairies, you can draw up under the mountains, where the air is sweet and cool, the grass fresh, and the bright streams come tumbling out of the snow banks. There you can hunt the elk, the deer, and the antelope, when their skins are fit for dressing; there you will find plenty of white bears and mountain sheep. In the autumn, when your horses are fat and strong from the mountain pastures, you can go down into the plains and hunt the buffalo, or trap beaver on the streams. And when winter comes on, you can take shelter in the woody bottoms along the rivers; there you will find buffalo meat for yourselves, and cottonwood bark for your horses; or you may winter in the Wind River valley, where there is salt weed in abundance. The Crow Country is exactly in the right place. Everything good is to be found there. There is no country like the Crow Country.� Chief Sore Belly - 1830




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Adam Sings In The Timber, Apsaalooke, is a senior majoring in photojournalism at the University of Montana in Missoula. A graduate of the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute, Sings In The Timber has had photo internships at the Billings Gazette and Great Falls Tribune newspapers in Montana. During the fall of 2007, he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, an intense four-day gathering of top photojournalism professionals in New York City and won a scholarship as the top student. This summer, he will intern at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. This is his first book. Sings In The Timber lives in Missoula, Mont. with his wife Amy and their cat and dog, Monty and Cassius. He is from the Big Lodge clan. “The soil you see is not ordinary soil—it is the dust of the blood, the flesh and the bones of our ancestors. We fought and bled and died to keep other Indians from taking it, and we fought and bled and died helping the Whites. You will have to dig down through the surface before you can find nature’s earth, as the upper portion is Crow. The Land as it is, is my blood and my dead; it is consecrated, and I do not want to give up any portion of it.” -Curley, a Crow Scout

Photo by Meg Wyckoff

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I would have you cling to the memories of your fathers. I would have you still go up onto the mountain and see visions so that your hearts may be clean and strong. Chief Plenty Coups 124

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