Indian Horse Background

Indian Horse Background

Indian Horse is a novel written by Canadian author Richard Wagamese. It was published on March 7, 2012. Wagamese was a Native American who died in March 2017.

In terms of narrative structure, Indian Horse starts with a man, called Saul, who drinks too much and ultimately goes to a rehabilitation center. He decides to tell his powerful story to the people with him. Saul is a native Indian who was forced to go to the Canadian Indian residential school system. This system deprives the natives of there family, language, heritage, culture, and anything that reminds them of their true identity. Also, this system was known to abuse the children and harass them in violent manners. Saul narrates his story of how he was able to survive this school and become a famous hockey player when he knows his passion for the sport and decides to grow it.

Indian Horse was loved by a myriad of people. In addition to that, the novel received prizes and was nominated for others. It won the Burt Award For Best Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature in 2013. The novel earned a 4.3 out of a 5-star rating on Goodreads. "This book should be required reading for every Canadian", a reader on Goodreads commented. Donna Bailey from the National Post said in a book review she has written about the book: "In addition to individual words and phrases, he weaves in Ojibway legends. In this way Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art."

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