Medicine Walk Summary The novel begins with 16-year-old Franklin Starlight riding into town to see his alcoholic father, Eldon Starlight . Eldon has been absent for most of Frank’s life. Frank is Ojibway and Cree, but has mostly been raised by his white foster father, referred to as the old man. When Frank arrives in town, Eldon informs Frank that he is dying of liver failure from his years of alcoholism. Eldon asks if Frank will take him into the backcountry to be buried the warrior way: sitting upright and facing east. Before the journey, Frank reflects on the life he’s lived with the old man. The old man has always been more of a father to Frank than Eldon has, and for the longest time, Eldon believed the old man was indeed his father. The old man taught Frank how to hunt, how to give thanks to the animals he hunted, and how to honor the land. The old man taught Frank everything he knows. Frank agrees to accompany Eldon, and the two begin their journey. They leave the town of Parson’s Gap, British Columbia, and travel to the bush. Along the way, Eldon begins to tell Frank stories from his past—stories Eldon has never shared with another person before. Eldon tells Frank about his mother, Frank’s grandmother, who was a wonderful
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