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"I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not."

–Sam to Shadow, Chapter Thirteen

Samantha Black Crow gives Shadow a ride while driving through Illinois and drops him off at Ibis and Jacquel Funeral Parlor.

Background[edit | edit source]

Sam is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life with fierce confidence and openness, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.[1]

Significance in narrative[edit | edit source]

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Significance in series[edit | edit source]

"Muninn"[edit | edit source]

Shadow reaches a highway and is almost hit by an old Ford Bronco with "wash me" written in the dust on the back window. It pulls into the gas station and Shadow follows. He puts on his charm as he enters the gas station and grabs a bottle of water and a map for $7.02. He asks for change for his twenty dollar bill, distracting the cashier from seeing it is actually a ten dollar bill. She begins to give him $13 change as he gives her another $3 and confuses her into giving him "back" his $20. The driver of the bronco (Sam Black Crow) catches him and makes him buy her $20 of gas to not expose his scam to the cashier.

Shadow follows Sam out to her car and asks her for a ride to Cairo, which is actually pronounced "Kay-ro." Shadow explains away his disheveled appearance that he fell hiking and she calls him a liar. She snaps a Polaroid of him for "evidence" and offers him a ride.

An "Argus" drone flies overhead tracking Shadow and Sam before it is knocked out of the sky by a raven.

Shadow plays with his silver dollar coin as Sam drives them to Cairo. She asks if he ever heard of Finds Them and Kills Them. He was a Crow Nation warrior, and two-spirited like her. Shadow notices the tattoo of a bison skull on her bicep and asks if she is human. She replies that because she has two spirits in one body, she would have been considered godlike at one time.

As Shadow sleeps in the passenger seat, Sam sneaks another Polaroid of him. She writes on it with a sharpie. Shadow wakes up and she asks if he is hungry.

Sam and Shadow have stopped at a roadside food truck called "Cats and Dogs" that sells catfish and hotdogs. He explains to her that he needs to find "Egyptians" in Cairo and she knows what he is referring to. He begins to tell her about Laura as their order is called.

Sam gives Shadow the Polaroid she took of him sleeping earlier where she had written, "Blackcrow meets Sleeping Beauty." Shadow talks about his nightmares of buffalo and skulls and how he is looking for peace. Sam sympathizes with him and tells him how her full-Cherokee father called her a half-breed and her mother raised her with a bible so she found a home in the stories of her ancestors. They arrive at "Ibis and Jacquel Funeral Home 1863" and they finally exchange names.


Appearance[edit | edit source]

Sam is described as "confident, engaging, headstrong, and has a free spirit personality."[2]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Note: The pictures are shown in episodic order. To see the order of the episodes, please visit the Episode guide.

Notes and trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Devery Jacobs was a fan of the book before being cast[3]
    • She is Kanien'keha:ka and grew up on a reservation[4]
    • Although she is queer, unlike Samantha Black Crow (who is Cherokee), she does not identify as Two-spirited since that term is not used within her Kanien’kehá:ka community[5][6]
  • Jacobs almost lost the role due to a filming conflict but she wrote a letter to American Gods production that convinced them she was their Sam[5][7]
  • Samantha Black Crow makes her first appearance in "Muninn," the third episode of Season Two[8]

References[edit | edit source]

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