The native name for the River Crow is wirrê-sape-re, meaning 'dung on the river bank'. There seems to be another self designation, hen ne no ka, 'middle dwellers'. The Crow name for the Mountain division is asarahó, meaning "many lodges", and the Kicked in the Bellies were known as e-rarapi-o (the Englsih name is a translation of this) This is the official spelling as used in the Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 13, part 2.
Hi Carlo, Lowie's spelling has been often criticized for its supposed unaccuracy, but it's also true that in the last century significative changes in Apsáalooke phonetics have occurred. However, here are the three subdivisions' names in modern Apsáalooke spelling, as given by the LBH Tribal College:
1) Ashalaho , "Many Lodges", Mountain Crow
2) Binnéessiippeele "Those Who Live Amongst the River Banks", River Crow, also known by their Hidatsa name Kixa'ica "Those who Quarreled over the Paunch".
3) Eelalapíio "Kicked in the Belly", also known as Ammitaalasshé "Home Away From The Center"
Apsáalooke oral tradition also speaks of another division, the Bilapiluutche , "Beaver Dries its Fur", which probably merged with the Kiowa in the second half of the Eighteenth century.
The Apsáalooke people refer to themselves (i.e. all of the three divisions) as Bíiluuke, "Our Side".
Hope this helps,
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2009 10:48:23 GMT -5 by jinlian
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Btw, I visited the LBH College website because of your post, thanks for pointing them out. You probably know this already, but they also note that the Mountain Crows, Ashalahó, were alternatively known as Awaxaawaxammilaxpáake - The Mountain People, and Ashkúale - The Center Camp, and that the River Crows (Binnéessiippeele) were also known as Ashshipíte - The Black Lodges.