April 5, 2017
The Game of Silence
Omakayas loved to play the game of silence. After listening to Nokomis (Grandmother) sing the game of silence song, all the children were meant to remain completely quiet until an adult released them. The game was always great fun; the challenge of remaining absolutely quiet while trying not to laugh along with her favorite cousin was almost too much for Omakayas, but the thought of losing the game was always enough to keep her quiet. But tonight it was easy to be silent; the usually boring adult conversation was more than a little interesting. Fishtale had returned with sobering news; according to the white man's government, all Ojibwe would be moved off their island and sent to a faraway place. What!? Leave her home, her favorite place in the world? Omakayas couldn't believe what she was hearing; she wanted to jump up and demand an explanation, but if she did that she would lose the game of silence.
Another wonderful book by Louise Erdrich, and a wonderful sequel to The Birchbark House. Once again there are some very sad and somewhat disturbing chapters, as well as light spirit worship. Parents should use discretion when letting younger children read this.