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Crow Owners

Among the Northern tribes the crow (Corvus corone) and the raven (Corvus corax) appear to be connected exclusively with success in war, the skin of the bird being worn around the neck or attached to the spear which was carried in war. A “Crow or Raven society” was noted among the Mandan. The Crow- or Raven-Owners occur among the Arikara, Crow, Dakota, Lakota (Kangi Yuha), Piegan, not to mention similarly named Pawnee organizations of unascertained identity. Most ot them share their origin, name and paraphernalia: raven lance, trimmed with raven/crow feathers, necklace made from a whole raven skin and other common traits.
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