I Heard an Owl Call My Name

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Part 1: Yes, My Lord – No, My Lord
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Chapter 1
The intentions and motives of the Bishop regarding Mark are uncovered – we find out that the reason why he sends Mark to Kingcome is because Mark only has three years to live as he is slowly dying from disease. But the Bishop only answered gently that it was where he would wish to go if he were young again, and in the ordinand’s place. P. 3 •Mark meets Jim – at first Jim is shy and only talks to Mark when he is talked to. •Mark remembers the background information on the area that the Bishop told him. The Indian name of the village is Quee which means “inside place”... Whoop Szo, the Noisy Mountain...Now Kingcome is known as a compact, Christian village, and this means that to run smoothly, the elected chief, the vicar and the agent from the Indian Affairs Department must be co-operative. P. 11 •The concept of the Owl is lightly brushed: The village is a talking bird, the owl, who calls the name of the man who is going to die P. 12

Chapter 2
Mark reaches Kingcome Village.
Mark is introduced to the RCMP officer when a weesa-bedó (small boy) dies. •The Indians are not allowed to move the dead until the RCMP gives them approval. •The RCMP officer gets angry at the chief because he moved the body without permission. •When the officer sees the body, he gets sick and the Indians see the humour in this. Mark shares in this humour. •Mark holds the burial service for the weesa-bedó. At the end of the Christian part of the service, Mark leaves the Indians in respect for their own burial customs.

Chapter 3
The Indians discuss and reflect on the respect Mark gave them and their traditions •We are introduced to the characters of the novel: Chief Eddy – the elected chief of the tribe; T.P. Wallace – an elder, the orator of the tribe, grandfather of Gordon and great uncle of Jim; Marta Stephens – one of the grandmothers of the tribe; Mrs Hudson – the matriarch; Sam – the unlucky one, father of Ellie; Keetah – Mrs Hudson’s granddaughter, the only one in the tribe who has no proper English name; Old Peter – the carver; the Teacher – the only other white man in the village whom did not care for the Indians. Ellie – the little lost one P. 24, daughter of Sam

Chapter 4
Mark receives a letter from bishop regarding the new vicarage •Mark refuses the offer: he doesn’t want the Indians to help •Mark starts to realise he may never be acknowledged/belong – to the Indians he is but a guest •Mark makes friends with the two young children

He holds his first sermon to which everyone attends except for a small minority

Chapter 5
Jim & Mark become closer friends
“swimmer” incident
Due to his knowledge of the “swimmers” Jim is able to give Mark more respect •Jim agrees to take Mark to the end of the “swimmer”
Jim announces he will marry Keetah – Mark meets her and both agree that she is beautiful

Chapter 6
Mark & Jim go hunting and kill a bear
Mark gets scared on their hunting expedition
Mark & Jims friendship is real: Both knew there was a friendship between them now, forged without words and needing none. P. 40 •Jim uses the Victorian “we” & Mark vows never to use it again •Mark realises that he is becoming one with the Indians

Chapter 7
Mark holds the Christmas Church Service for the Indians
Mark volunteers to help the Indians in delivering Christmas presents to other tribes around the area •Mark finally realises what the Indians are about, he realises that he has been accepted & he acknowledges his importance as a leader of the Indians •Yes my Lord. P 46  he accepts his position of responsibility and leadership within the tribe

Part 2: The Depth of Sadness
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Chapter 8
Teenagers/young adults return from the modern world to Kingcome •Indian Elders are proud (because the young of the tribe are moving forward, being...
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