Celia's Song

Celia's Song

Book - 2015
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Mink is a witness, a shape shifter, compelled to follow the story that has ensnared Celia and her village, on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Nuu'Chahlnuth territory.

Celia is a seer who -- despite being convinced she's a little "off" -- must heal her village with the assistance of her sister, her mother and father, and her nephews.

While mink is visiting, a double-headed sea serpent falls off the house front during a fierce storm. The old snake, ostracized from the village decades earlier, has left his terrible influence on Amos, a residential school survivor. The occurrence signals the unfolding of an ordeal that pulls Celia out of her reveries and into the tragedy of her cousin's granddaughter.

Each one of Celia's family becomes involved in creating a greater solution than merely attending to her cousin's granddaughter.

Celia's Song relates one Nuu'Chahlnuth family's harrowing experiences over several generations, after the brutality, interference, and neglect resulting from contact with Europeans.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Cormorant Books Inc., [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781770864511
Branch Call Number: FIC MARAC L


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Nov 29, 2017

Displays the mysticism and wonder of the First Nations cultures of the West Coast. Manages to show the depth of the pain and the damage that colonialism and residential schools has had on many First Nations peoples and communities.

May 23, 2017

Written at a junior high school level. Repetitive, boring, too long, stereotypical, confusing characters, lecturing tone.

Mar 15, 2017

What a compelling story. I read another review that mentioned how 'white' they felt by the time they read the end and I have to agree. This is a whole other culture that I've ignored for years, even though it's in my own backyard, so to speak. I've only recently started to take any notice of the terrible consequences colonialism and religion has had on this community. It often amazes me what they've survived as a people and I'm impressed with their resilience and forgiveness.
This book relates some of that history and some of those consequences, often in a poignant way and more often in a terrible way. This story is heart breaking and hopeful, beautiful despite the terrible tragedy it contains.

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