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A spellbinding story of the ocean: love, homicide, and mysticism: on the flip of the century, a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia's wild northern islands raids an artifact collector's yacht to reclaim stolen sacred mask. he's taking the collector's spouse, Kate, as hostage on his 200-mile canoe voyage domestic. The collector hires Dugger, a coastal dealer dwelling at the edges of the legislations, to offer chase in his ketch with the collector as passenger, yet Dugger's monetary salvation comes at a negative fee, for he's Kate's mystery lover. Day and evening Dugger sails the uncharted islands, via raging currents and ship-swallowing whirlpools, and the account of his pursuit is interwoven with Kate's harrowing and erotically charged journey.
in line with a real tale, this novel reaches its exciting climax on the final mystery, hallucinatory potlatch of the traditional Kwakiutl tradition, the place the background of a doomed humans is melded with the fury of 3 hearts.
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From the place? ” I requested. “From the seashore there. we love to magnify. ” As he spoke, the guy stepped gracefully from the canoe and walked towards us—ankle-deep in 40 toes of water. He stopped with an arm raised, like a few apparition, in the midst of the ocean. “How did he do this? ” I whispered. “Christ simply knows,” Nello acknowledged. the fellow talked on, waving right here, gesturing there. “Is he threatening? ” “He’s inviting us to his ceremonial dinner. ” “As the most direction? ” rather than answering, Nello raised his correct arm and, in a voice deep and stern, gave a protracted answer. “What did you are saying? ” I requested. “Thank you. ” whilst the manager had walked again to his canoe and the canoes became for shore, I pointed on the ailing shack. “Last evening, I observed a lady in there. Her eyes have been deranged, her face so twisted I couldn’t inform needless to say but—” “But what? ” “Do you think that it can be her? ” “Do you? ” “Yes. ” “Then it’s not really. ” CANOES got here FROM either north and south all day, a few unmarried, a few rafted jointly to make a reliable barge, bringing what have been secretly made or collected over years: mask, packing containers, baskets, furs, huge, immense carved dinner party dishes the dimensions of a small bath; piles of blankets, sacks of flour, pails, mirrors, bolts of material, washbasins, pots, pans, hats, braided wreaths of cedar, stickloads of bracelets. every little thing they introduced was once to take delivery of away to have a good time the prior year’s titanic occasions: deaths, births, marriages, the elevating of poles, the construction of homes, the move of rights to fishing privileges or berry patches. “They come to ceremonial dinner, to sing and dance, Cappy. Tseka—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween rolled into one. Feasts and theater all iciness lengthy. We put out of your mind the area outdoors, simply snigger and cry and frighten one another to dying, and kiss every one other’s other halves simply because there's no jealousy in the course of Tseka. ” At midday he rowed ashore and got here again an hour later, excited. “Come on, Cappy. i discovered a cousin married into this tribe. She’ll express us round. we'd just…. ” yet he stopped whilst he observed my eyes. Charlie stayed aboard to seem after Sayami, and Sayami to defend Charlie. We rowed to the north finish of the seashore, and landed close to the brambles the place smoke rose from fires that burnt in pits like shallow graves. ladies tended them, placing a layer of stones over the coals, then flopping salmon and halibut onto the stones and overlaying them with seaweed to bake. Their events have been flowing, unhurried, the way in which small waves circulation as they unfold over the sand. They watched me interestingly as I stated, “Good morning,” yet made no answer. the place seals have been being butchered out, a cloud of gulls shrieked and turned around, then flew off towards canoes that got here in, heaped with fish. males have been hauling nice a lot on their shoulders, and younger ladies labored an open fireplace ringed by way of skewers and roasting-tongs caught into the sand—all with fish heads and slabs of fish and fish tails on them. The roasting fish smoldered while the ladies watched the boys greater than the flames. They checked out us brazenly with darkish, realizing eyes; one with a sensuous mouth and blanket open at her naked chest regarded away, as though she knew males like us from ahead of.