Within the pages of Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, the reader looks through the eyes and step into the spirit of a survivor of the Canadian Residential School system in a grotesquely authentic and emotionally saturated narrative. Indian Horse follows the struggle one boy experiences and struggles on his journey towards healing.
Saul Indian Horse finds himself abandoned by his parents, taken from the arms of his deceased grandmother, and eventually forced into a residential school. The residential schools in Canada were designed for the cultural genocide of Indigenous Canadians, and after a short time lived at St. Jerome’s Saul finds himself stripped of dignity but not without hope. Saul finds spiritual reprieve in the form of hockey, as his heart melds with the game he discovers his means of escaping the circumstances of his situation. Saul meets those along his journey that help him towards his goals, others that seek to take the spirit of the game from him, all culminating to step within the heart of a hopeful boy as he turns into a broken man searching for peace.
Indian Horse is one of our time’s greatest stories, poetic in it’s description and imagery, as the narrative takes the readers through an authentic journey of self-discovery and healing.