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The Game of Silence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005


    When it comes to stories of the Ojibwe people, it seems to this reader/listener that Louise Erdich writes not only with her pen but also with her heart. A native of North Dakota, Erdrich is of German-American/Chippewa descent, and she is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. Thus, her novel 'The Birchbark House,' which introduced young Omakayas, glistened with insight and admiration for characters who lived in the 1850s. The same may be said of 'The Game of Silence,' beautifully delivered by voice actress Anna Fields. Now, of course, Omakayas is older and she has learned a great deal as she goes about her days among her people, all following the shifting seasons. There have been changes: a sister has found someone to love, and Omakayas becomes aware that she possesses a unique gift - her dreams foretell the future. As the story opens, days are peaceful on a Lake Superior island. The people live in houses made of birchbark during the summer, then as the days grow cooler they prepare for harvest. When winter falls all will leave their birchbark houses for cedar cabins close to a town, LaPointe. However, the Ojibwe's serenity is interrupted by white men who want them to leave the island, want to push them away from the land they call home. Intended for young listeners, those in grades 5 through 8, 'The Game of Silence' will not only offer them a wealth of historical detail but also a reminder of the beauty and bounty of nature. - Gail Cooke

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