I Heard The Owl Call My NameBook - 1993
But the old culture of totems and potlatch is being replaces by a new culture of prefab housing and alcoholism. Kingcome's younger generation is disenchanted and alienated from its heritage. And now, coming upriver is a young vicar, Mark Brian, on a journey of discovery that can teach him--and us--about life, death, and the transforming power of love.
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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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