Eagle Song

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In 1803, a New England trading ship put in at the Nootkan village of the Eagle House on the Canadian Pacific coast. Its purposes were to replenish provisions, barter for valuable sea otter pelts and, incidentally, to obtain sexual services of the young village women.

A group of rebellious Indian youths, infuriated by the arrogance and disdain of the white men, carried out a violent plan to massacre the crew and plunder the ship. Surviving the ...
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1983 Hard Cover First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket 8vo. pp. 362, dustjacket has light shelfwear, some rubbing. Book is in near fine condition, ... date written in ink on ffep, otherwise unmarked. Binding clean and tight. Dustjacket corner clipped. "'Eagle Song' was suggested by the brief memoirs of John Jewitt. It has been enriched and enlarged by James Houston through his novelistic skill and his insights into Nootkan life, a product of research and of several years visiting with the Nootkan tribes in the remote regions of Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. He has drawn 13 full-page illustrations to lend emphasis to the characters and settings. As in his earlier novels, he reveals with compassionate understanding, deep respect, and scrupulous authenticity an indigenous culture that is a treasure of our inheritance." Read more Show Less

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Toronto, ON, Canada 1983 Cloth First edition Very Good in Very Good but Torn DJ An Indian Saga Based on True Events Cream and brown embossed boards with gilt lettering and ... graphics. FIRST EDITION. Signed and dated by author. Previous owner's bookplate is on next page which lists author's works. DJ has four tears to one inch and small chips. 361 pages with maps and illustrations. Read more Show Less

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In 1803, a New England trading ship put in at the Nootkan village of the Eagle House on the Canadian Pacific coast. Its purposes were to replenish provisions, barter for valuable sea otter pelts and, incidentally, to obtain sexual services of the young village women.

A group of rebellious Indian youths, infuriated by the arrogance and disdain of the white men, carried out a violent plan to massacre the crew and plunder the ship. Surviving the slaughter were Jewitt, the appealing and skilful ironsmith, and Thompson, the dour sailmaker. Eagle Song is the turbulent tale of their two-year captivity, seen through the eyes of Siam, a Nootkan nobleman.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780771042584
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/9/1983

Meet the Author

James Houston, a Canadian author-artist, served with the Toronto Scottish Regiment in World War II, 1940-45, then lived among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic for twelve years as a Northern Service Officer, and the first Administrator of west Baffin Island, a territory of 65,000 square miles. Widely acknowledged as the prime force in the development of Inuit art, he is past chairman of both the American Indian Arts Centre and the Association on American Indian and Eskimo Cultural Foundation Award, the 1979 Inuit Kuavati Award of Merit, and the 1997 Royal Geographic Society’s Massey Medal, and is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Among his writings, The White Dawn has been published in thirty-one editions worldwide. That novel and Ghost Fox, Spirit Wrestler, and Eagle Song have been selections of major book clubs. Running West won the Canadian Authors Association Book of the Year Award, while his novel, The Ice Master, also appeared in Spanish translation. Author and illustrator of seventeen children’s books, he is the only person to have won the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award three times. His most recent children’s book is Fire and Ice, about creating glass sculpture. He has also written screenplays for feature films, has created numerous documentaries and continues to lecture widely.

His drawings, paintings, and sculptures are internationally represented in many museums including the St. Petersburg Museum in Florida and private collections including that of the King of Saudi Arabia. He is Master Designer for Steuben Glass, with one hundred and ten pieces to his credit. He created theseventy-foot-high central sculpture in the Glenbow-Alberta Art Museum. In 1999 Canada’s National Museum of Civilization devoted its show “Iqqaipaa” to the art of the Arctic in James Houston’s time, and he played a central role in organizing the exhibition.

He and his wife Alice divided their time between a colonial privateer’s house in New England and a writing retreat on the bank of a salmon river on the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, where he has written a large part of his trilogy of memoirs, Confessions of an Igloo Dweller, Zigzag, and Hideaway.

James Houston passed away in 2005 at the age of 83.

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