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  • Tatsea: Reading Check Questions
    escape 6 Besides sore ribs what physical injury does Tatsea sustain in this chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 13 1 Why does Ikotsali tie long strips of hide to the stages he built 2 What happens while Ikotsali drums for the dead 3 Why doesn t Ikotsali cover up the dead enemy 4 What does Ikotsali take from the dead man 5 What items belonging to the dead man does Ikotsali leave behind 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 14 1 Why does Tatsea feel like her head is turning to stone 2 What is different about the water they are paddling across in this chapter 3 What happens to disrupt Tatsea s daydream 4 What does Tatsea want to do as they struggle against the wind and the waves 5 What task does Tatsea do by herself for the first time 6 What new way does Tatsea find to make herself useful to her captors 7 What does she discover while mending the men s clothing 8 What puzzles Tatsea about Blueleg s behaviour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 15 1 What has happened to Ikotsali since he left the camp on Do Kwo Di 2 What is Dagodichih noted for 3 Why did the people direct Ikotsali to Dagodichih 4 What happened when Dagodichih tried to nurse Ikotsali s child 5 What is the main event of this chapter 6 Why is Ikotsali especially useful to this Dogrib camp 7 What reasons would Ikotsali have to be happy to be a part of this camp 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 16 1 Why does Tatsea take great care with the sewing she does for Blueleg 2 What puzzles Tatsea about her captors attitiude toward fur 3 What other puzzling item does Tatsea discover in this chapter 4 How does the discovery of the burning water help Tatsea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 17 1 Why are Ikotsali and his baby the subject of gossip and laughter among the women in the camp 2 What does the baby s rage cause Ikotsali to do 3 What other events help Ikotsali decide to turn his back on Sahti the winter destination of Dagodichih s people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 18 1 After Tatsea s escape from Blueleg she remains on the river in the canoe for days 2 Why doesn t Tatsea hear the rapids until it is too late 3 When Tatsea feels her bone knife pressing against her hips what else does she realize 4 Why does Tatsea scream when she goes back to the rapids in daylight 5 Among the items that Tatsea retrieves from the river which is the most important for the story 6 Why does Tatsea dread the snowless darkness around the edges of the campfire light 7 What particularly useful item does Tatsea find after the first ice forms on the river 8 When the ice is thick enough for her to cross the river she finds a and a 9 Why is Tatsea frightened by the piece of water 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 19 1 What does Ikotsali wonder about while he cuts up whitefish with the Enda knife 2 What disturbs this peaceful scene of father preparing for his child 3 Why does Ikotsali allow the baby to crawl away into the bushes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 20 1 How is Ikotsali able to fight the power of the bushman 2 What leads him to the baby 3 Besides the sick baby what else adds to the desperation of Ikotsali s situation 4 What gives Ikotsali the answer to save the child s life 5 What doubts does Ikotsali have in his chapter 6 Although the brains and blood mash gives the baby strength the baby s breathing doesn t begin to clear until 7 Why does Ikotsali decide not to travel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Chapter 21 1 What do we learn about Tatsea s facial features in this chapter 2 Of what use is the piece of water to Tatsea 3 How does Tatsea fill her days 4 Why does Tatsea gather red willow branches and take them back to her camp 5 What does Tatsea do while she is peeling and twisting willow rind 6 What visitor appears one night after the weather has turned cold 7 What does Tatsea do to make sense of

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  • TATSEA: THINKING QUESTIONS
    Chapter 11 1 What details in the novel so far support Ikotsali s humorous thought that he is turning into a woman 2 Discuss the changes in mood that occur in this chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 12 1 Using evidence from Chapters Ten and Twelve discuss why Blueleg has taken Tatsea captive rather than killing her 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 13 1 Discuss how the burial practices shown in this chapter might fit in with the lifestyle of the Dogrib people in that time and place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 14 1 What kind of man was this who protected her like a wife made her work like a wife but never touched her like a wife Discuss possible reasons for Blueleg s behaviour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 15 1 Discuss the effect of this chapter on the forward movement of the novel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 16 1 Discuss the use of language in this chapter to maintain Tatsea s point of view 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 17 1 Discuss the spiritual connections between Ikotsali Tatsea and the baby as revealed up to this point in the novel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapter 18 1 Using evidence from this chapter and previous chapters discuss why the shape of the piece of water would be so startling to Tatsea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 Chapters 19 and 20 1 In the context of the novel is the episode with the bushman convincing Discuss using supporting evidence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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  • ESSAY/ DISCUSSION QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ENTIRE NOVEL
    use his power more frequently Is the portrayal of Ikotsali s medicine power in the novel convincing 8 What motive might Blueleg have had to protect Tatsea from Redcoat and the boy 9 What change to their relationship with the land and the wildlife are Tatsea and Ikotsali resisting 10 What keeps Ikotsali going on what frequently seems to be a hopeless quest 11 Is there any humour in this novel 12 Why are the numerous hunting scenes important for this novel 13 Why does Tatsea decide to follow her captors after the first wife cuts her loose from the tree 14 Would you say that the use of Dogrib words hinders or enhances the experience of reading this novel 15 In a review on New Winnipeg com Kim Trach wrote While the story is wonderful to read a comfortable tale to get lost in it must sacrifice any claim to inspiration As a reader I am grateful to fall into its cozy pages thankful that somebody is bothering to tell a story again while still treating me like an intelligent reader At the same time I never felt challenged or roused by the read as more abstract novels are able to Using evidence from the novel to support your position agree or disagree with this statement 16 In a Winnipeg Free Press review Gordon Morash wrote The dreams and tales clouding and providing sustenance to the protagonists imaginations are well executed and do not feel merely tacked on Develop an argument agreeing or disagreeing with this statement 17 In a Winnipeg Free Press review Gordon Morash wrote Though Tatsea remains in the shadow of other books in the first contact fur trade genre namely Rudy Wiebe s A Discovery of Strangers Fred Stenson s The Trade and Brian Moore

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  • Tatsea Creative Questions
    with his brothers Imagine the events that led to Dienda s death Write a scene that might have happened before Dienda and his brothers perished 3 Write a scene in the Dogrib camp showing what happens when Dagodichi discovers that Ikotsali has abandoned her 4 Imagine that Blueleg had not been killed and that Tatsea had not escaped Write a scene that shows Blueleg reaching his destination and that reveals

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  • Tatsea Q & A
    uppermost in my mind when I m writing a novel Once a novel is published I become just another reader who notices patterns themes and such things So if readers see themes in the novel and these themes can be supported with evidence from the novel then the readers are right even though the author may never have thought about it that way A professor friend of mine wrote a book about Alice Munro s fiction When she had finished the bulk of the book she was able to have lunch with Alice Munro and was struck by how inarticulate Alice was in talking about her own work The process of writing fiction is different from the process of analyzing it and analyzing is not a game of guessing the author s intentions but rather reading what the author wrote knowingly or not An author may not be the most reliable reader of his own novels and besides fiction writers are liars and rascals How s that for trying to avoid the question of themes One theme I think is there in Tatsea is the theme of the mystical spiritual telepathic power of love the connection or bond between people that can survive over long separations and long distances The bonds between Tatsea and Ikotsali and Tatsea and her baby seemed to me to be very natural very human Other themes or motifs in the novel could include mirrors or reflections dangerous water and survival through imagination and ingenuity A friend of mine pointed out a theme of stories I d be interested in hearing about the themes you found 3 Through many Aboriginal cultures the bear represents safety and protection towards the people throughout this novel there is great reference to the bear being a figure to be feared

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  • INTERNET SITES RELATED TO TATSEA
    Ancestors http www tyendinaga net fnti media dogrib Dene Natural Remedies http www edu pe ca bluefield lloydt herb dene htm Dogrib Handicrafts http www invitationproject ca cgi win quilt exe LISTING 1080 Lessons From The Land http www lessonsfromtheland ca How Dogribs Got Their Name http www nnsl com guides ykguide copy dogrib html UI to give 19 century caribou tent back to arctic Indian tribe http www uiowa

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