Crow Sacred Landscape

A day in the Pryor Mountains with Crow Elder Burton Pretty On Top
A Video:

Burton Pretty On Top“We get permission from the Little People … from the animals. We get permission from them to come into their home.”

“The vision quest is something very, very important, something very sacred…”
“This place we consider as our church, our sacred place, for prayer.”

“And we had hoped that our non-Indian brothers and sisters … come with the reverence and respect that the Apsáalooke have when they come into these mountains.”

“We want to keep [the Pryor Mountains] sacred and holy so that [the] next seven generations can use this in a sacred way.”

See another video on the importance of the Pryors to the Apsaalooke:
How We See It: A Story of Apsaalooke Landscape

Video Part I:
Introduction and
Asking Permission to Enter

Video Part II:
Burton Pretty On Top, Crow Spiritual Leader
and Crow Sacred Land

Video Part III:
The Little People and
Please Respect Our Land

Video Part IV:
Remembering Grandfather: Otto Bear Ground

Video Part V:
Sacred for Seven Generations
and Video Credits


Excerpts from 2007 letter to Custer National Forest from George Reed Jr., Chairman, Cultural Committee, Crow Tribe.

“This monument established by the Little People has been disturbed, destroyed and desecrated ….”

“… Apsaalooke (Crow) who traveled by this sacred mountain were to add to the monument and make spiritual offerings at the rock where His Arrows Are Sacred shot an arrow into solid rock. We are told as long as the monument stood the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation would thrive.”

“The whole Pryor, Arrow Shot Into Rock, Mountain is sacred because nobody knows where the Little People dwelled since they were forced out of their home known as the Home of the Keepers of The Earth. The Pryor, Arrow Shot Into Rock is a sanctuary for individuals who venture off on fasting quests….”

Click to read George Reed’s Letter to Custer National Forest