Indian-Horse by Richard-Wagamese

Mystery of Life

I have always had an appreciation for the native american heritage and history.  I came across this book by Richard Wagamese and could not put it down.  It is not about fly fishing or fishing for that matter, but rather the story of a life. A native american life in transition from the old ways to the new but set in the early 1960’s. The horror of the missionary school, the hope of hockey and the salvation from drink.

If you enjoy the outdoor life, the heritage of the native american’s and a very well written novel this one will enthrall you.

Some wisdom from its pages:

I knew it was a mystery and I honoured it that way.

My grandmother had always referred to the universe as the Great Mystery.

“What does it mean?” I asked her once.

“It means all things.”

“I don’t understand.”

She took my hand and sat me down on a rock at the water’s edge. “We need mystery,” she said. “Creator in her wisdom knew this. Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. They are the foundations of humility, and humility grandson, is the foundation of all learning. So we do not seek to unravel this. We honour it by letting it be that way forever.”

From INDIAN HORSE by Richard Wagamese Published by Douglas and McIntyre

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