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Name of Chapter

Narrator

Notes

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(Opening)
Xavier

-X and E caught marten


-Marten is still alive, E beats it to death
-X skins animal to show Niska
*Niska is waiting for E at train station
*X is dead, died in war according to letter
*X gets off train
*Niska and X begin canoe journey, introducing Xs
morphine
*X is addicted to morphine, but it will soon run out
-X sees dead boy with half a dead on his first outing
-E is excited, Grey Eyes is a liar, McCaan is leader, SP is
fifteen, and Breech is a bastard
-X & E scout ahead meeting with a platoon who mention
Peggy
*X & Niska continue on river
-The platoon sets up in trenches
-E talks about his dream of flying in a plane
-Thompson takes men, X & E included, to no mans land
and X almost gets shot, only having debris hit his hand
*X is getting worse, Niska tells story of her father
-When she was a kid, Niska had convulsions and hadnt
experienced her period yet
-Hunters found bear but didnt want to eat brother;
hunger got the better of them and they ate but prayed;
Micahs child choked
-Micah and family left village, Micah died, Wife and child
ate him and returned to village as wendigos
-Niskas father kills wendigos and is arrested by whites, he
dies in prison
-X recalls E & X hunting lynx and paddling toward fire
-The two almost get killed but E seems excited
-They find a burnt moose on shoreline
-E became silver tongued in residential school
-X & E returned to the spot of their adventure briefly before
going off to war
-X recalls when Huns attacked while they were sleeping
-The sentry, Gerald, was killed by fellow soldiers for
sleeping on duty
-Platoon goes scouting and X aids in throwing mills bombs;
possibly making first kill
-Thompson asks E if he enjoyed killing
-Soldiers like Elijah; he cheers them up with English accent
-Grey Eyes asks E to try morphine, E tells X he refused
-The platoon gets a break and Thompson teaches X & E to
snipe
-E snipes soldier who is digging; X is disgusted
*Niska talks to Xavier while he is sleeping
-Niskas family moved to Moose Factory
-Rabbit changed name to Anne and Niska is forced to go to
school by priest
-Niska is rebellious but is punished
-Niskas mother freed her but they left Anne

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EKIIWANIWAHK
Returning
Niska
TAKOSHININAANIWAN
Arrival
Xavier

MONAHIKEWINAN
Trenches
Xavier
NOOHTAAWIY
My Father
Niska

PASITEW
Nipahiwewak
Xavier

NTAWI NIPAHIWEWAK
Raiding Party
Xavier

KISKINOHANAASOWIN
Learning
Xavier
KIPWAHAKAN
Captive
Niska

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KAKWAPAPSKINAATOWIN
Competition
Xavier

ONAHAASHIWEW
Sniper
Xavier

NAATAMAASOWIN
Revenge
Xavier

SHAKOCIHEW
Seducing
Niska

MOOSAINIWI PASKISIKAN
Rifle
Xavier

KIMICOWINIKEWIN
Raid
Xavier
MAMISHIHIWEWIN
Betrayal
Niska

MISTATIMWAK
Horses
Xavier

OMAWAHTONIKEW
Collector
Xavier

-The platoon moves to White Horse Cellar, X spots and E


shoots
-While spotting E kills wounded soldier, helping him
-E tells X they might be separated, but it will be better for X
-E laughs at wounded officer giving them instructions for
challenge
-X shoots balloon, making finals with E and other sniper
-X lit match at final shot, new nickname X(marks the spot)
*Niska asks about E, X too tired to tell truth
-Sean Patrick shot through the neck, X blames Grey Eyes
-X & E seek revenge against enemy sniper
-E figures out pattern of when sniper shoots
-The two are shot at, they both shoot, X wonders if he was
the one to kill the enemy shooter
-X suggest the sniper is in no mans land
-E tells X he tried morphine on boat for sea
sickness(mentions sleeping soldiers look like rows of meat)
-E shoots belly of dead horse to test his accuracy, sniper
fires, only X sees him
-X kills sniper, E says they will collect souvenir of Xs kill
*Niska paddles down river, Niska tells X stories
-Niskas family is shunned for rejecting wemistikoshiw
-Men come to Niska for help like they did her father
-Niska is interested and begins stalking a French hunter
-After a winter, she leads the trapper to her ashikan where
they copulate. He leaves soon after.
-E, X, and Thompson leapfrog through trenches to get rifle
-E is jealous of Xs reward
-X recalls E & Xs time after fire in town; bought new
clothes
-Raiding party leaves to attack, X doesnt like situation, E
volunteers but asks Grey Eyes for morphine
-Grey Eyes is out, E seems dangerous, E is scared for raid
-E has few scrapes and is given morphine, Thompson is
dying, X blames Breech
-Flashback of E teaching X English
-X meets Lisette in pub, copulate beside a pond
-Flashback of time on train, old man foreshadows Es faith
-Niska keeps copulating with trapper, cant contact spirits
-With mothers advice, Niska seeks out man in village
-Old Cree woman invites Niska and warns her of trapper
-Niska puts on white clothes and finds French trapper
-They copulate in church, he took away her power, Niska
runs away trying to get it back
-Niska prays for revenge, mother tells Niska the French
man killed himself
*X takes morphine in front of Niska
-E is promoted to acting lieutenant, X is jealous
-Creeping Barrage tactic, X&E snipe from barn
-X tells story of time on boat, X kills the horses to put them
out of their misery
-Breech tells E he will never be an officer
-E gives up on fighting morphine
-X is beginning to lose his hearing
-X&E report their kills, Breech doesnt believe them

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PAHKONIKEWIN
Skinning
Xavier
KIMOTOWIN
Stealing
Niska

ONATOPANIWIW
Fighter
Xavier

ISHINAKWAHITISIW
Turning
Xavier
KA NIPIHAT WINDIGOWA
Windigo Killer
Niska
TAPAKWEWIN
Snaring
Xavier

MASINAHIKEWIN
Writing
Niska

MICISOW
Feeding
Xavier
MASINAHKAN
The Letter
Xavier

-E climbed statue of Mother Mary and climaxed on it


-E shovels the dead, digging through their possessions and
looking into their eyes as the last thing they see
-E meets French men where they discuss Peggy and tell E
of scalping
-Battalion sent to Vimy, E volunteers for raid and comes
back with bloody hands, telling X what happens
-E kills a lot of soldiers but forgot to get Mauser
*X refuses to eat so Niska tells story
-Niska lives alone, Anne is alcoholic, and X in school
-Niska had vision of X, and plans to leave with him
-Niska scared sister Magdalene and takes X into woods,
teaching how to survive
-The third winter was hard for X, but the worst was to come
*Niskas story make X smile, he looks at leg and
understands why E loved morphine
-X finds scalp in Es bag while looking for bullets
-X&E go to battle, E gets ahead coming back with three
scalps
-Germans surprise battalion, Gilberto gets shot
-X is almost killed, McCann saves him
-The troop is on leave, X recalls calling Niska in battle
-X decides to leave to see Lisette, she is with another man
-Breech accuses X of desertion, E tries to translate for X
-E kills bird in Xs tent
*Niska tells X story of a mans wendigo nephew
-Arriving at village, Niska prepares herself to kill wendigo
-Niska prays while strangling Wendigo, X sees everything
-X asks for friend, Niska brings E along
-E brought rifle from nuns room
*X only has enough morphine for one day
-The battalion moves to Lens, X&E scout and E uses
himself as bait
-German kills Graves with flamethrower, E dreams of dead
comrades
-E tells man at pub he has 194 kills, plane bombs pub as
they leave, man tells E he has double Es kills
*Niska asks again about E, X turns away, Niska tells story
-Niska has visions of war, X&E decide to go to army, Niska
prays for them before they leave
-Niska hears rumours of war, going off to pub and making a
deal to hear more news
-Niska asks Joseph Netmaker to write letter, he words it
badly
-Battalion moves to Passchendaele, X cant hear
-X accidently shoots woman by surprise, E kills child
-X gets drunk wandering aimlessly into no mans land
-E brings meat for X after showing scalps to French man,
he jokes that it is German but X doesnt eat
-Thompson, X, E, and McCann raid a trench but are hit
with shells
-X hides and watches McCann get killed, X returns to base
-E comes back having dragged Thompson
-X gets letter and Fat translates that Niska is dead and he
must kill Elijah

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PIMINAAWAIN
Flying
Xavier
NIPAHIWEWIN
Murder
Xavier

WEESAGEECHAK
Hero
Xavier
OMIIMOWI PINESHISH
Little Bird Dancer
Niska

NIPIWIN
Dying
Xavier

NTASHIIHKEWIN
Home
Niska

Edits:
*Takes place in the present
-takes place in flashback
E=Elijah
X=Xavier

- E asks X to read German shoulderblade, X is disgusted


-X attempts a sweat lodge but doesnt work, he then
attempts to overdose E with morphine
*On third day of journey, X uses last of morphine
-E gets a medal for his skill
-Thompson dies of wounds, X&E are setup near airfield
-E accepts a ride on a plane but gets sick and realizes he
wasnt meant to fly
-E returns from being MIA, reports he killed a lot of
soldiers
-E overdoses a man begging for morphine in tent
-E has dream about a family starving in the cold
-Grey Eyes tells Breech of Es actions, E about to shoot
Grey Eyes when shells hit
-E beats Grey Eyes and Breech to death with plank
-X tells E Niska is dead
-E leads attack in forest, they take prisoners
-The troop moves to Cambria, and E is praised again
-X finds E killing a man with blood on his face
-X knows E did more than kill the soldier
*Niska prepares sweat lodge as X is dying, tells story of X
lost in woods
-X followed a moose through a forest and stumbles upon
birds dancing, calming X down
-X killed a grouse and cooked it, Niska revealing she had
been following him the whole time
-X used rifle to kill moose and the other hunters call X
Little Bird Dancer for the bird dance
-Niska sees E in Xs dream
-X faces last memory of E, X throws away ID before they
fight in a battle
-E tells X to leave but X starts choking him
-Shortly, X kills E by strangling him with gun, taking Es
medicine bundle and leaving mauser
-X gets blown into the air, wakes up in hospital that thinks
he is Elijah
-X needs morphine for pain and is sent home by nurse
*Niska takes of their clothes to enter sweat lodge
*Niska prays to manitous, Xs evil leaves his body
*Es presence is in the tent, X apologizes
*Niska sees vision of 2 children and a man
*They lie outside and watch the lights, Niska feels the
presence of the lynx

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