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In Kiss of the Fur Queen, the story begins with forty-three year old Cree hunter Abraham Okimasis winning the "1951 Millington Cup World Championship Dog Derby." (6) The success is seen to have a substantial effect in the Cree hunter's Native individuality, as he becomes the first Indian Indian to be successful in the Derby. As time goes by, Abraham becomes the father of two sons, Jeremiah and Gabriel. Whenever the Cree brothers leave their little northern Manitoba village and then enter the hostile surroundings of a residential school, their lives take a turn for the worse. Estranged from their Native civilization, Jeremiah and Gabriel are made to assimilate into the predominately white Canadian society. Throughout their stay at the residential college, the brothers fall prey to sexual abuse in the hands of the all-powering Catholic priest. The abuse caused the brothers continue during their adolescent and adult years. Emotionally traumatized, the Okimasis brothers come to some stage where they are unable to resist the pain. And as a result of the abuse and societal pressure to allow them to change, the brothers lose their identity as Native Canadians. Born into the Okimasis clan of the Cree First Nations tribe, both Jeremiah and Gabriel share a host of similarities and differences. One thing the two brothers have in common is the magnitude of sexual abuse they receive while attending residential college. Jeremiah is clearly traumatized by the events which happen, as he locks his memories in a "chamber deep within his thoughts." (80) By comparison, Gabriel seems to accept the abuse that he receives, as he imagines himself falling "down to his knees," clinging to his fantasy of watching "God the Father, sitting big and nude in his black leather armchair." (83) Yet another.

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