unrecognizability of who he was before, creating a sort of lack of direction in terms of “who I am?”.Which results in him being a “stranger”, someone who no one can identify, a being who is lost, and likened to an empty board. For these set of lyrics, it requires some backstory and I don’t know for certain if these lyrics are related to this but I have a very strong feeling that they are. Basically, when Chanie was being taken away from his home, he had a sister I believe named Pearl who were close to one another. But when he was being taken away, he learned that Pearl wasn’t which led him to ask her “How come you aren’t going?” and she said that she couldn’t go with him because her name wasn’t on the list of people who were going on the train to the residential school. This is all from the interview with the Wenjack Family and Gord Downie after the film. Because of this, I think these lyrics maybe discussing how Chanie was hurt by how he was leaving his family and moreover of how Pearl kinda hurt him by not coming along with him to the residential school. Pearl even says in the interview that when Chanie was being taken away, he sort of knew that he would never This phrase is spoken near the end of the film and is when that raven offers him that choice of to either move forward on his journey, dying a martyr, or return to the residential school, but experience the misery once more. I am pretty sure that these lyrics say to us that even though Chanie would return to his life of isolation, solitude, misery, pain and suffering, he would rather that then continue on this current path of his and meet his demise which speaks volumes. Even though Chanie will have to go through excruciating dread and loneliness, not to mention all the abuse, he would rather that then lose his life so early which may have been the thinking of many kids in residential schools Though you may lose yourself in terms of personality/identity, and be violated in so many ways, would it be that or death which is a hard question that many children had to answer probably back in the day.
see his family again which further kinda backs up this statement behind these lyrics. Cause( plus some effect) Effect (plus some cause) Chanie is forced to go to a residential school without his sister Pearl, leaving him quite lonely as he kinda knew in.Child gets caught, opens opportunity for Chanie/others to run away from the residential school. Chanie ends up locating a map in which he tries to use to locate his home but ends up not understanding which results in him throwing it away. Being sexually abused at the residential school makes it so that he isn’t fazed by the rain/snow/cold he has to endure (got this from the lyrics). Chanie was motivated to not go back to the residential school due to the pain he had to go through, even if it led to his death. Due to the passing of Chanie, it has caused a sort of ripple effect in many areas. Also, Chanie had gone through a sort of lung surgery
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- Spring '16
- Canadian Indian residential school system, chanIe