Eagle Song: An Indian Saga Based on True Events

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9780151271177: Eagle Song: An Indian Saga Based on True Events

A novel based on the memoirs of ironsmith John Jewitt, who was one of two survivors of a Pacific Coast Nootkan Indian village massacre in 1803 and who lived with the Nootkans for two years.

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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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“With The White Dawn and Ghost Fox, James Houston came to us as an eloquent ambassador from the deep north, and now in Eagle Song he brings a beautifully fluent story of the collision of cultures along the Pacific Northwest frontier. This is a gallant book, a weave of history and life as seen from the sea-spearing canoes and awesome longhouses of an unforgettable coastal tribe.”
–Ivan Doig

“…classic storytelling in the best sense – a compelling adventure that grips the imagination, stirs the heart, and feeds the mind… Eagle Song soars and sings.”
–William Stevenson

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