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I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret…

I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1967)

by Margaret Craven

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A story about how an Anglican priest with a short time to live learns acceptance of death from the Indians.

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Review and 50th anniversary retrospective by Richard J Mammana Jr on livingchurch.org, February 2018
https://livingchurch.org/2018/02/27/an-enduring-anglican-classic/ ( )
  stgcadbay | Oct 6, 2019 |
Mark Brian is the new vicar of an isolated Indian Village in British Columbia. As the story unfolds, the natives learn to trust him, as he is eager not just to serve their church, but to learn about them. He teaches himself their language, listens carefully to their stories and respects their customs. He becomes a part of the community. When the “owl calls his name” the vicar is truly mourned by the natives. Told at a time when the world is encroaching on the lives - for example, making laws they must obey, encouraging their children to leave to go to white schools to have better lives - the story of their quiet dignity and their generous spirit is eloquently told. ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
Touching story of a priest sent to live with a native American tribe, and how he came to be one with them. Not maudlin or melodramatic, just a gentle tale of friendship. ( )
  fuzzi | Jul 28, 2019 |
A co-worker's mother was clearing out some of her books and I snapped this one up. I remember reading it long ago and finding it incredibly moving. I found the following review on About.com
Written in the 1960's, this classic reflects that decade's acceptance of the demise of Native American culture. Today, we hope to preserve it. The book is about the clash of cultures, interwoven with the beauty of Native American life within nature's cycles. In spite of its preoccupation with death, the novel celebrates life. An article in the UK publication The Independent (Sept. 25, 1977) stated that Prince Andrew carries this book with him wherever he goes, which demonstrates a measure of the book's universal appeal.

Although Margaret Craven was born and worked in the United States, this book is set in an Indian reserve in British Columbia. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 24, 2017 |
Modern classic of Native American life. Amid the grandeur of the remote Pacific Northwest stands Kingcome, a village so ancient that, according to Kwakiutl myth, it was founded by the 2 brothers left on earth after the great flood. The Native Americans who still live there call it Quee, a place of such incredible natural richness that hunting and fishing remain a primary food source.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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In the 1960s, young, terminally ill priest Mark Brian is sent to a remote Kwakiutl parish in British Columbia. Sensitive and respectful, he shares in the peoples' hardships and sorrows and earns their trust. He learns that the Indians are "…not simple, or emotional, they are not primitive." He learns, too, that "there was no one truth [of the Indian]…." The Kwakiutl are consistently referred to as "the Indians." The characters are somewhat romanticized, but this is as true for the whites as for the Kwakiutl.
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This book is for the Tsawataineuk Tribe at Kingcome Village, B.C., and for Eric Powell.
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The doctor said to the Bishop, 'So you see, my lord, your young ordinand can live no more than three years and doesn't know it.'
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A young minister is sent by his bishop deep into the seacoast wilds of British Columbia to a parish of Kwakiutl Indians called Kingcome. The Tsawataineuk live in an inlet village and take their sustenance from the sea and from the forest. The bishop has not told him this, but the priest has only two years left to live.
Among the vanishing Indians, Mark Brian learns enough of the meaning of life not to fear death. Through his faith and humanity, he becomes part of the village, of the Indians themselves, and witness to their rituals and beliefs and the gradual disintegration of a culture.
then, on a cold winter evening, when he hears the owl in the forest call his name, he understands what is going to happen.
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