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I heard the owl call my name written by Margaret Craven is heartwarming fiction novel about two cultures interacting and learning form one another The setting takes place in Kingcome village in the wilds of Pacific Northwest where a young minister named Mark Brian is sent to isolated church to aid an older bishop to leads a mission While sharing the joys and sorrows of a once proud tribe he learns gentle lessons about love devotion and enough of life to be ready to die Mark has a deadly disease but has no knowledge of it The Bishop on the other hand knows everything about Marks illness and makes a decision to send Mark on a challenging mission to help him grow as a person He believes that Kincome village is the right place for that Bishop does not tell Mark about his illness because he wants him to get involved and attached to the Indians Marks goal there should be to help the Indian tribe in every possible way Although he expects the Indians to teach him many things he learns much more than he ever dreamed he would He is sent to help them but finds he is helped so much more Mark meets people and learns all about the Indian cultures traditions and rituals He learns what is needed of him to serve these people how two different cultures interact the loss of a heritage and history and the problems associated with the loss of the young to a newer world which the elders disapproved because they knew the young people would never return to the village He realizes the conflict between the old who hold on their old traditions and the young who like Gordon become a white man and do not return Some like Keetah return after living in the white world and do not fit in either culture or loose and forget the old stories and traditions Young
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