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Which was the braver the one who left or the one who stayed A statement of this nature truly describes all cultures and beliefs Are those who go off on their own to discover new ground education and acceptance the brave or the weak Through each dimension of life we encounter this statement whether consciously or subconsciously Cravens novel I Heard the Owl Call My Name aids one in finding out why our elders lose their faith in the youth why our youth are so driven by diversity and finally the reasons our rituals fade Pain can be heard in the voices of the elders as one reads this passage we are losing our sons our young no longer understand the meaning of the totems The way of life is slowly deteriorating as the young tribal members become attracted to the enemies of the Indian the white man Peter the old carver describes the young returning from their new adventure My people are proud of them and resent them They come from a far country They speak English all the time and forget the words of Kwakwala They are ashamed to dip their food in the oil of the oolachon which we call gleena They say to their parents Dont do it that way The white man does it this way They do not remember the myths and the meanings of the totems They want to choose their own wives and husbands Peter goes on to say Here in the village my people are at home as the fish in the sea as the eagle in the sky When the young leave the world takes them and damages them They no longer listen when the elders speak They go and soon the village will go also Curiosity has flooded the minds of the young and left the elders feeling abandoned Simply thinking of the young departing and not carrying
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