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Google's Doodle gives a shout-out to author James Welch

Friday's Doodle honors the life and work of the award-winning novelist and poet.

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Friday's Google Doodle celebrates James Welch, an award-winning Native American novelist and poet, on what would have been his 76th birthday.

Welch's work highlighted the cultures of the Blackfeet and A'aninin tribes. "Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity of the Native American experience in the United States," Google wrote on its blog.

His first novel, "Winter in the Blood," was released in 1974 and was later made into a film. "Fools Crow," his 1986 novel, won several awards.

Welch, who was born in Montana, died from a heart attack in 2003. He was 62 years old.