The traditional shelters of the Crow are tipis made with bison skins and wooden pole. Traditional clothing the Crow wore depended on gender. Women tended to wear simple dresses made of mountain sheep or deer skins, decorated with elk teeth, and covered their legs with leggings and their feet with moccasins.
The women of the Crow tribe were responsible for making the clothes worn by the people. Most items were sewn from soft, tanned skins of deer (buckskin) and buffalo. Clothes were often decorated with paint, porcupine quills or beadwork.
By 1740 the Crow had emerged as middlemen engaged in the trading of horses, bows, shirts, and featherwork to the Plains Village tribes for guns and metal goods; these they traded in turn to the Shoshone in Idaho.
The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 confirmed a large area centered on the Big Horn Mountains as Crow lands—the area ran from the Big Horn Basin on the west, to the Musselshell River on the north, and east to the Powder River, and included the Tongue River basin.
Seven colors primarily used by the Crow: light blue, lavender, white (emblematic of purity), dark blue, red (represents property, blood or desire for revenge), yellow and green (represents earth). Black (symbolized revenge accomplished or clouds) and orange seldom used.
A breechcloth is a long rectangular piece of tanned deerskin, cloth, or animal fur. It is worn between the legs and tucked over a belt, so that the flaps fall down in front and behind. In some tribes, the breechcloth loops outside of the belt and then is tucked into the inside, for a more fitted look.
Today, the Crow people have a federally recognized tribe, the Crow Tribe of Montana, with an Indian reservation located in the south-central part of the state. Since the 19th century, Crow people have been concentrated on their reservation established south of Billings, Montana.
The Crow, along with many other Native American tribes, believed that all things in the world have spirits or souls. Animals, plants, rocks, rivers and everything in nature were important in their everyday lives and in their religion. The Crow believed that they were created by ‘Old Man Coyote.
The tribe is minting copper, silver and gold coins called “scouts” to serve as its sovereign currency. To help finance the launching of the Crow currency, the tribe commissioned 1,000 one-ounce silver medallions commemorating the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
The scouts would be copper, silver and gold coins created and issued by the Crow Tribe, a “sovereign currency” for what is already a sovereign nation. That tribe’s currency is still little used on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, six years after it was first issued with Allen’s help.
Crow (native name: Apsáalooke [ə̀ˈpsáːɾòːɡè]) is a Missouri Valley Siouan language spoken primarily by the Crow Nation in present-day southeastern Montana.
Both Tribes have rich coal resources. The Crow have aggressively worked with industry to develop their tribal reserves, while the Northern Cheyenne have, thus far, resisted development.
The Blackfoot wore clothing made from deerskin. Men wore breechcloths, leggings, and shirts. Women wore long dresses. In the winter, they kept warm with thick robes made from bison hides.
The flag of the Crow Tribe is light blue and bears the tribal seal in the center. The Crow Tribe is also known as by their native name, ‘Absaroka,’ meaning ‘Bird People. ‘
Crow Beads. Crow beads are similar in shape to seed beads and pony beads, but much larger and more squarish. They are cut from tubes of glass or plastic and tumbled and polished to give a smooth rounded, slightly oval finish. Crow bead size is commonly 9mm (with 5mm hole) or 6mm (with 3mm hole).