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Crees \Crees\ (kr[=e]z), n. pl.; sing. Cree. (Ethnol.) An Algonquin tribe of Indians, inhabiting a large part of British America east of the Rocky Mountains and south of Hudson's Bay.


n. (Cree English)

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Meantime, some of the Blackfeet had stopped to count coup on and scalp the two dead Crees, and to catch the two ponies.

The Crees and the Blackfeet believe that this was the spirit of E-k[=u]s'-kini, for thus he comes back.

The more southern of these tribes do not venerate him as of old, but the Plains and Timber Crees of the north, and the north Chippeways, are said still to be firm believers in Old Man.

He called out, “Children of the Crees, if you have come to try my manhood, do your best.

When he was dead, there were fifteen dead Crees lying about the earthworks.

They had conquered and driven out from the territory which they occupied the tribes who once inhabited it, and maintained a desultory and successful warfare against all invaders, fighting with the Crees on the north, the Assinaboines on the east, the Crows on the south, and the Snakes, Kalispels, and Kutenais on the southwest and west.

Dogs, considered a great delicacy by the Crees, Gros Ventres, Sioux, Assinaboines, and other surrounding tribes, were never eaten by the Blackfeet.

The Sik'-si-kau built their pis'kuns like the Crees, on level ground and usually near timber.

On the other hand, the northern Crees, who also are a prairie people, are poor mountain hunters.

If I recollect aright, the last fight which occurred between the Pi-kun'-i and the Crees took place in 1886.

In this skirmish, which followed an attempt by the Crees to capture some Piegan horses, my friend, Tail-feathers-coming-in-sight-over-the-Hill, killed and counted coup on a Cree whose scalp he afterward sent me, as an evidence of his prowess.

The Crees are regarded by the Indians of the Northwest as having very powerful medicine, and this all comes from Old Man.

It is uncertain whether all three tribes used to know it, but have forgotten it, or whether it has been learned in comparatively modern times by the Blackfeet from the Crees, with whom they have always had more frequent intercourse and a closer connection than the other two tribes.

Cummins, red-headed, lithe as a cat, big-souled as the eternal mountain of the Crees and the best of the Company's hunters, had brought her up as his bride.

Only two Indians visited us today, eluding a ceremony of adoption, and interchange of property, between the Assiniboines, Crees, and the nations of this neighborhood.