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The Indian Community in King Come Village

I Heard the Owl Call My Name is a best-selling book of 1960s written by Margaret Craven. The book tells about a young Anglican vicar Mark Brian, who has not long to live, and who learns about the meaning of life when he is sent to a First Nations parish in British Columbia.

The book by Craven turned out to be a mix of facts and imagination that can seems more like a prose elegy than a novel.

Everything that Craven experienced and loved about the Kwakiutls in her novel is learned by a young Anglican vicar, Mark Brian. Being fatally ill he is sent to the village of King Come by his bishop to learn the traditions and languages of Indians. Mark’s story is presented as a compelling semi-documentary. The reader meets the old and the young villagers, learns about the tribe’s butter called gleena, made from slow-boiled candlefish, and is sure that the elders know every time a stranger is coming.

King Come village is a tribe of Indians known as the Kwakiutls. In the village, Mark discovers the truths of life and love, dignity and courage, among the Indians and other white men who live in King Come.

In the second chapter of the novel, the RCMP officer was not happy because the body of a little boy named Weesa-bedo’s has been moved from its initial place. And the Indians didn’t have permission to move the body of little boy, who died in the water. But the Indians without knowing for sure the boy was dead, took him out of the water thinking about trying to save him. It took very long time for the RCMP to arrive at the place. In addition, he brought a girl with him, which showed he didn’t take the case seriously. In the novel, we see that the officer was rude and abrupt with the Indians.

In the third chapter, the reader sees a white teacher, who came to the village of King Come for his second year. He was racist towards the Indians and the Indians did not like him either. The teacher did not even know Mark Brian had arrived, because due to his bad relationship with the Indians, they didn’t tell him about what was happening in the village. The bad relationship between the teacher and the Indians is also manifested in the episode, when the teacher came back from summer holidays by a seaplane, it had jolted him him at flood tide under the trees on the far side of the river, and while he was standing there in rain and yelling loudly to the T.P being very impolite. The teacher came to the village only for the isolation pay, which would let him a year in Greece, studying civilization he was fond of.

Through all these events the reader sees how the Indian community was represented in King Come village and what relationships the Indians and the white people had between each other.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name is a best-selling book of 1960s written by Margaret Craven. The book tells about a young Anglican vicar Mark Brian, who has not long to live, and who learns about the meaning of life when he is sent to a First Nations parish in British Columbia.

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