James Welch who grew up with in the Blackfeet
and A’aninin cultures of his parents, was a Native American
novelist and poet, considered a founding author of the Native American Renaissance.
His novel Fools Crow (1986) received several national literary awards, and his debut novel Winter in the Blood (1974) was adapted as a film by the same name, released in 2013. In 1997 Welch received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.