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Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Indian Horse (2012)


Saul Indian Horse is dying. Tucked away in a hospice high above the clash and clang of a big city, he embarks on a marvellous journey of imagination back through the life he led as a northern Ojibway, with all its sorrows and joys.

With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he's sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.

Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man.

Richard Wagamese

(From Richard Wagamese's website)

Richard Wagamese was one of Canada's foremost Native authors and storytellers. Working as a professional writer since 1979, he was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of thirteen titles from major Canadian publishers.

As an Ojibway writer from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Wagamese became the first Native Canadian to win a National Newspaper Award for Column Writing in 1991.  As a published author he won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his 2011 memoir One Story, One Song, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction for his third novel Dream Wheels in 2007 and the Alberta Writers Guild Best Novel Award for his debut novel, Keeper'n Me, in 1994.

Richard was the 2012 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications and the 2013 recipient of the Canada Council on the Arts Molson Prize.

His novel, Indian Horse, arrived in February 2012. It was the Peoples’ Choice winner in the national Canada Reads competition. In 2013 he published a new novel, Him Standing, for Orca Press and a new literary novel, Medicine Walk, with McClelland & Stewart was published in April 2014.