I Heard the Owl Call My NameBook - 2005
In a world that knows too well the anguish inherent in the clash of old ways and new lifestyles, Margaret Craven's classic and timeless story of a young man's journey into the Pacific Northwest is as relevant today as ever.
Here amid the grandeur of British Columbia stands the village of Kingcome, a place of salmon runs and ancient totems - a village so steeped in time that, according to Kwakiutl legend, it was founded by two brothers left on earth after the great flood. Yet in this Eden of such natural beauty and richness, the old culture of totems and potlaches is under attack - slowly being replaced by a new culture of prefab houses and alcoholism. Into this world, where an entire generation of young people has become disenchanted and alienated from their heritage, Craven introduces Mark Brian, a young vicar sent to the small isolated parish by his church.
This is Mark's journey of discovery - a journey that will teach him about life, death, and the transforming power of love. It is a journey that will resonate in the mind of readers long after the book is done.
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'Now you can help us with their problem.' Tagoona asked, 'What is a problem?' and the white man said, 'Tagoona, if I held you by your heels from a third-story window, you would have a problem.' Tagoona considered this long and carefully. Then he said, 'I do not think so. If you save me, all would be well. If you dropped me, nothing would matter. It is you who would have the problem.'
It was death reaching out his hand, touching the face gently, even before the owl had called his name.
Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon this earth. Only man had lost his way.
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A young vicar is sent to serve at a remote Pacific Northwest Indian village and has to learn the ways of the people there as well as gain their trust. The Indian people are undergoing a significant change in their history. Their youth are being educated in residential schools and are losing touch with their native tongue, culture and customs, while the adults are being tempted with alcohol.
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