James Welch, Writer Of Fools Crow, Gets A Google Logo

James Welch, Writer Of Fools Crow, Gets A Google Logo

Today on Google.com is a special Google logo, Doodle, for writer James Welch. Today would be his 76th birthday and Google wanted to highlight his writing contributions.

This Doodle highlights his work on Fools Crow, the story of the Blackfeet people during the period of post-civil war encroachment by Europeans. The Doodle was designed by artist, Sophie Diao. Here is what Google said about it:

Thirty years ago, Welch published his best known work, Fools Crow, the story of the Blackfeet people during the period of post-civil war encroachment by Europeans. In this award-winning novel, the Blackfeet seek to continue traditional ways, and to avoid both contact and conflict. As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands. He was considered an early part of what was later dubbed the Native American Renaissance, during which native writers celebrated tribal culture and revealed its complex problems in works readily accessible to the larger American public.

Welch, who as a young man described himself as an “Indian who writes,” gained an international audience. His works were appreciated universally for both their artistic appeal and ability to bring the experiences of the Native American people to life.

He was born on November 18, 1940 in Browning, Montana and passed at the age of 62 on August 4, 2003 in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about his life and achievements on Google+.

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