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At the beginning of this haunting and masterful novel from the late Wagamese ( –), eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is alone, having. Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though. Indian Horse, a severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star undergoing.

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It also served as an excellent vehicle to explore the racism that the First Nations People experienced and still do. He was a newspaper columnist and reporter, wagameee and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of twelve titles from major Canadian publishers.

Once again I am romanced by young Saul as he learns the great Canadian game – socks on the linoleum, turds in the snow, wrist shots and crossovers richrd the “mystery of the ice”. And I know full well just by following current Canadian news that in some cases, the state of affairs has not gotten any better for our native people.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wagamese hits the ball, touches all the bases and yet for some reason fails to score. It is a great injustice to wagamees youth of this country that our education system glazes over these atrocities in favour of glorifying such horrible events as the holocaust.

After all, Saul is, as the story begins, in a treatment centre for alcoholics.

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To read Wagamese’s story of a survivor is to understand why one might think these things. We get a window into his life with his loving Ojibwe family as a boy, immersed in their connections with nature, cultural traditions, and spirituality. Yorse all 6 comments. It all sounds so very painfully personal. A story of unspeakable horrors in the Richard Wagamese wrote beautifully! Can anybody really write like this without having first-hand experience about all the subjects he has put to paper? This book deals with one of these excluded histories, the very true history of residential schools in Canada.


The brilliance of the writing is how Richard Wagamese manages to tell a complex history and difficult story in a relatively short read. When I said that I wished I could go to school there, my mother said that no, I would not like it there, that the Indian children did not get to go home after school every day or for lunch, that they didn’t even get to go home on weekends; that they lived there away from their families.

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I have been paying attention. That Saul is the gifted hero and cannot make his way in this bigoted white world – in the metaphorical Canada – compounds and amplifies the injustice because if the white population can see no worth in the hero than what expectations should the ordinary carry?

But I highly recommend this to everyone! By volume the book is more about hockey than abuse.

Racism is rampant, abuse out of control. He seamlessly braids together his two traditions: You drink down to the place that only diehard drunkards know; the world at the bottom of the well where you huddle in darkness, haunted forever by the knowledge of light.

But clearly, Saul has already been affected by the white richad presence. Eventually, he moves in with a family in Manitouwadge, so he can play in the native tournaments.

Calgary HeraldFebruary 28, Wagamese bleakly corroborates this catalogue of horror. His triumphs on the ice are the triumphs of his soul. The Georgia StraightAugust 23, I jndian the need to listen to the stories of those who have had their land, culture, spirit and hope taken away. He died horxe year at the age of Saul resorts to giving them what they want and becomes the rampaging redskin and, in so doing, loses all the joy he had in the game. Saul though, has a talent: I do wish that there had been even one good and kind white person at St.


Surely, Saul will never be “Saul Aboriginal Horse”. The description of the game is breathtaking. They become one with the game and it lifts them up and out of their lives too.

Injustices should always be acknowledged regardless idian when they happened, of so I believe. Dec 13, Libby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ben felt it too. Somehow the strength indan his roots, especially from his grandmother, helps him survive the depredations and abuse, and he begins find an outlet in hockey as a means to fulfillment. I have, since the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Winnipeg a couple of years ago, tried to horae the school of my memories with the photos that have been gathered.

Waga,ese that is because I think that most people, white folks anyway, will come to this work of fiction in much the same way as I did. Like Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, or Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian, Indian Horse in it’s own unique voice is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the depth and resilience of Indigenous spiritual culture and Aboriginal agony in our day.

This is his story, and it represents I believe the story of many such young Indian children. No matter what the author intended, a story lived and breathed by the reader become his story, part of him. Saul is invited to recount his story. The author doesn’t shy away in his descriptions of the harsh reality of living conditions or the way these children were treated, and we see it all through Saul’s eyes. As he tries to make his way, an unexpected introduction to ice hockey ends up being the saving grace for Saul.