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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Thinking we’ve heard and read enough; that we know the story now; that we were not individually, personally, responsible; that yes some bad things, some very bad things, happened and we really really wish they hadn’t, but those things are in the past. Eventually, he moves in with a family in Manitouwadge, so he can play in the native tournaments. IN my opinion, crimes of this magnitude require nothing short of what Germany has done to take responsibility for the suff This book should be required reading for every Canadian.

He lands, inevitably, at St. But the voice of Saul, himself, is the most authentic and vibrant part of this novel. When he discovers hockey, it’s an immediate love.

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Another memory of mine was that these kids were all in foster care with white families in our area. Injustices should always be acknowledged regardless of when they happened, of so I believe.

This book has been made into a movie, which I watched last night, right on the heels of reading the book. Books by Richard Wagamese. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese deals with a subject that is nuclear, that is close to my sympathy and interest, and yet the final result was something less than memorable, something more akin to a whimper than a bang.

A professional writer sincehe was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of fourteen titles from various Canadian publishers. Highly recommended in spite of—or because of—its difficult subject matter.


IN my opinion, crimes of this magnitude require nothing short of what Germany has done to take responsibility for the suffering it unleashed upon Jews during the Nazi regime — a policy of education, public monuments, financial compensation, museums. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, 4 Stars. At that time, there were Aboriginal children in my class who were treated horribly by the teachers.

It is not my job to interject.

If Kathleen Winter is right, how could any Canadian not want to read such a book? Is this appropriate for eighth graders? At least the safe world is, the world richare which you belong, the world in which people care about you.

It is even more heartbreaking than I could have imagined. But if it’s a political statement, what does it mean? Aug 13, Lorina Stephens rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. 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.

Dec 17, Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it Shelves: It occurs to me that Canadians have had our fair share of atrocities committed on our own doorsteps, behind closed doors situated just out of sight. He was a success in every genre of writing he tried.

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. It came with a high price, one we really don’t understand until later in the book. I couldn’t put it down. His defeats and destruction at the hands of players and fans is his defeat in residential school, the logging camps and mines. The sufferings that are inflicted on the children are difficult to read, especially as they are based in fact.


I cannot recommend it highly enough. Our canoes skimmed along and as I watched the shoreline it seemed the land itself was in motion. And he told us he’d tan our hides if he ever caught us stealing it. Many passages had me pausing to reread: He declares that his mother had heard a thousand sermons from the pulpit justifying slavery and never one against it– the justification being that by stealing the Africans from their heathen homelands and exposing them to the good and God-fearing people of America and other countriesthe slaves would be offered the mercy and salvation of t In The Autobiography Of Mark Twainthe author at one point explains the apparent contradiction of his kind hearted, Christian mother being a slave owner.

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The description of the game is breathtaking. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse of these young children by their hhorse and so-called caregivers was common. Mar 10, Pam rated it liked it. The things they did to these young children, the things they endured. Racism is rampant, abuse out of control.

Honouring Richard Wagamese

I’m not saying, of course, that this exonerates them in hindsight anymore than I would absolve the slave traders, but I don’t believe that Residential Schools were conceived in evil. I don’t know why. This is both good it helps maintain tradition and culture but also negative, because it can work as selective history in which important things can be ignored or not-included.