By Rudy Wiebe
A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st come across of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an resourceful reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making day trip in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the center of the unconventional is a love tale among twenty-two-year-old midshipman Robert Hood, the Franklin expedition’s artist, and a fifteen-year-old Yellowknife lady identified to the British as Greenstockings. a countrywide bestseller, released additionally in Germany and China, Wiebe’s first novel in 11 years and his 12th paintings of fiction received him his moment Governor General’s Award for Fiction on the age of sixty, over robust festival from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
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He will let Bigfoot talk, the man they have agreed will speak for them this time, because they have all together decided how he will do it, and he has already learned to talk to traders in the south and is very careful. Keskarrah continues to say nothing at all in that council circle. But then, when he has sat a long time with his eyes closed, hearing Twospeaker, who came in the canoes, trying to change the White chirpings into words People can comprehend, and searching deeper inside himself, slowly, slowly he will lean forwards.
Birdseye says nothing. She refuses; as though what Greenstockings has dared to utter — these incredible pointed words hissed into the coming-winter air, which are as strange in the mouth, or the ears, of a woman as anything These English have dragged into their country — had never been spoken. ” Her head and voice shift, a certain awareness of age. “What is it? ” Greenstockings, frightened, tries to see her mother’s face. Only last winter her nose was as beautiful as Greywing walking, and she herself was so empty of knowing about Whites that it was not even necessary for her to dream of imagining their aggression.
Those three lakes were also named much later, after the Yellowknife hunters they were leaning on, who had walked north four days dragging two sleds of dried meat and fat and one of furs when all These English were already more or less dead. Only three of them needed meat by then, in their ruined shelter of logs and mud — the three who had not tried to kill each other because of Greenstockings. Of course, Greenstockings is not her name either, that summer of first arrival. For years the childhood memory of the oldest Tetsot’ine has told stories about Whites, and the farthest northern arm of their great lake Tucho has occasionally fumbled such a blanched body out onto its black sand.