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Three Black Crows

  • Author / Creator
    Fink, Niall A
  • Three Black Crows is an original work of fiction exploring colonial violence and resistance through the archetypal narrative of the hunt and the relationship between big game hunter and native guide. The novel is based in a tradition of Canadian prairie fiction and conventions of the Western genre, but also honours oral traditions of Athapaskan First Nations and the spirit of fireside storytelling. Three Black Crows is based on the author’s personal experience working in the big game hunting industry of Yukon Territory and on a critical reading of hunting narratives written by dead white males. Challenging conventions of this literature and representations of First Nations characters, this the story of Norman Alexander. Norman’s life is imprinted with the marks of racism, residential schools, and appropriation of native land. But it is also shaped by Crow, a trickster who is both magic and real--a maker of the world, and a black scavenger, often associated with an industry that profits off carrion. Three Black Crows follows a seventeen-year-old wrangler, Everett Barlow, deep into the wilderness of northern Yukon, a romantic landscape that becomes forever altered when Norman disappears into it, taking with him a dead white moose.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3KH0FD21
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Wharton, Thomas (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kover, Richard (St. Joseph's College)
    • Bishop, Edward (English and Film Studies)
    • Perkins, Don (English and Film Studies)