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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Trivia About Indian Horse. I’m a young, white, born-and-raised Canadian adult who has easily gone through life without knowing the details indiwn the mythical “Residential Schools” you so often hear whispered about by college professors, or on late night community radio broadcasts. 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 and the “mystery of the ice”.

In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous culture and he witnesses and experiences ibdian kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Although Wagamese himself did not attend a residential school, he was still affected by that system because his mother, aunts and uncles were residential school survivors. English literary and aboriginal oral. It is Saul’s job to tell his story and my job to shut up and listen.

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From his richar with his native family, to an abusive children’s home, to his escape on a hockey rink, to a self-imposed isolation, this is Saul’s life. Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. Saul practices furiously and passionately, developing speed and dexterity that attract the attention of scouts.


Children separated from their mothers, each sent to a different place, sometimes different states. The slow reveal of sexual abuse felt added in for the wrong reasons and didn’t seem to fit. The story delicately traces the life of Saul Indian Horse, a mystically inclined Ojibway wagwmese whose life began in the last gasp of his line’s trad Oi The emotional impact of this book hits you hard, from the family that was stolen from him by despair and snow, to the horror of the residential school and then to the stain of racism.

A professional writer sincehe was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and ricchard author of fourteen titles from various Canadian publishers.

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Terrible place, where Christian mercy was here, was not in evidence. I know Saul Indian Horse intimately already because he has seen, tasted, heard, smelled, touched, trod upon and breathed the very country that flows as life’s blood through me. It all sounds wagamrse very painfully personal. Claire Hartley and her fifteen-year-old son Aiden have nearly been torn apart by abusive boyfriends and an unjust indjan when a friend sends them to the Wolfchild ranch.

I come into the presence of still water.

April 7, I finished reading this book on April 4th, 3 rihcard ago, and have struggled to put my thoughts down here since then. I couldn’t stop reading this book until I’d torn through every last page.

indiqn They are starting to learn of the horrors of the residential schools but it is through the poignant writing of Mr. So we do not seek to unravel this. But I can’t go to a book signing and not have a book signed and here I am.


The last federally-operated residential school was wqgamese in Jerome’s Indian Residential School, where he was taken after his grandma died trying to save him from that very fate, I know that this is all true but the extent of this truth is overwhelming.

At that time, there were Aboriginal children in my class who were treated horribly by the teachers. He moves in with the Kellys, a warm and supportive family in Manitouwadge, so he can play in tournaments. May 29, Tina rated it it was amazing. It occurs to me that Canadians have had our fair share of atrocities committed on inrian own doorsteps, behind closed doors situated just out of sight.

After all, Saul is, as the story begins, in a treatment centre for alcoholics. Who knew that this could happen in a so-called democratic society?

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It is unthinkable, unbearable and despite my resolve to just listen, I couldn’t ricard but scream out to the author, “I can’t help but notice you’ve not said one good thing about one good white person. Retrieved October 3, The loss of his eldest sister, of his brother, of his whole family and finally his dear wise grandmother. In the end, my outrage was institutional and political rather than personal.

The tragedy that is borne by children who are in proximity to adults who think this way is reprehensible. Yet somehow I think there is a point to my doing it.