They Call Me Agnes

Written by Fred W. Voget (assisted by Mary K. Mee)
Review by Lisa Sweeney

Crow family life and culture and the changes wrought by the 20th century and reservation life are described in the words of Crow Indian Agnes Yellowtail Deernose. Voget, an anthropologist, sets the stage for Agnes by beginning the book with a chapter on historic Crow and reservation culture.

Agnes, born on the Crow Indian Reservation in 1908, describes the changes she has seen in the Crow way of life in a direct, personable manner. Mirroring changes in society, the traditional roles of men and women have changed, Christianity has become the major religion on the reservation, and some customs are not practiced as widely or strictly as when Agnes was a young girl. However, despite these changes, the Crow remain a family-oriented people, and clan uncles and aunts still play important roles. The book, which is the product of Voget’s extensive interviews with Agnes, her husband, and other Crow Indians, will be a valuable resource for anyone seeking information on the Crow culture.