Meeting Details: We'll be meeting on Thursday, June 14th at Tessa's house.
1) Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
2) The story is told as a first person narrative. How do you react to Saul? Do your attitudes to
him change during the novel, and if so, what brings about these changes?
3) To which character(s) in the novel, other than Saul, do you react most strongly? Reflect on
your reactions and the possible reasons for them
4) The novel vividly describes the effects on Saul when he
is sent to a residential school: “I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies. St.
Jerome’s took all the light from my world”(43) How did reading the novel
change your understanding of the residential school
system and its lasting effects?
5) “One who loves does not brandish fear or require it” (26)
What insights into Aboriginal spirituality do you gain from the novel? “Where is God now, then?” I asked (92) Where do you find God in this story?
6) Richard Wagamese writes poetically about hockey,
describing it as the “snow white stage”. What does
hockey mean to Saul? Are all his hockey experiences
7) Racism is a very grim reality for Saul. Give a few examples of racism in the book - how does Saul react to this racism? While
it is tempting to believe that these attitudes are no longer prevalent, examples can be found
in many places. Reflect on examples of stereotyping or racism that you have experienced
directly, have heard about from friends, or have witnessed in the media or other sources.
8) Richard Wagamese
is an accomplished
storyteller who has
performed across the
country. Was there one example of excellent story-telling in the book that you found particularly effective?
9) In reading Indian Horse, what did you learn about
Indigenous peoples in Canada that you did not
10) “They scooped out our insides, Saul. We are not responsible for that. We are not
responsible for what happened to us. None of us are,” Fred said. “But our healing – that’s up
to us.” (210) What you do think "reconciliation" means? How can we as individuals, Christians and as Canadians, be part
of the healing?
11) What role does redemption play in Indian Horse? The book begins with the idea of storytelling: “They say I can’t understand where I’m going if I don’t understand where I’ve been . . .”(2) How does story-telling play a role in redemption?
12) Richard Wagamese has said that Indian Horse “…was a story clamoring to be told in a way that
was empowering – that was not preachy, threatening or guilt inducing.” Do you feel Indian Horse
is, in fact, a story told in a way that is empowering and not preachy, threatening or guilt
inducing? Why or why not?
13) Would would recommend this book? To whom and why or why not?
Many of the questions taken from www.amnestybookclub.ca
(which also has some good background info about the book, if you're interested) and http://manitouconference.ca/img/Gillian-Indian-Horse.pdf
Menu: Ma's First Rule is Food.
Martha Kelly believes in feeding growing boys well... the food's not fancy, but it's simple stick-to-your ribs fare made with what's locally available. Her husband says about her: "Ma's first rule is food. She cooks up a storm too." And every serious hockey player knows that a meal should have as many parts as a hockey game!
Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup
Fried onions and potatoes
Baked beans (canned is fine!)
Reminder: Please take a few minutes to check out our book choices for Sept-December (posted below) so that we can choose books at the June meeting.