Indian Horse


Richard Wagamese

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Slanting Sky Character Analysis

Saul Indian Horse’s great-grandfather, and an important figure in the Fish Clan. Slanting Sky appears before Saul at several points in the novel, always as part of a dream or vision. He is portrayed as a wise leader and a calming presence, who inspires Saul to be strong and proud.

Slanting Sky Quotes in Indian Horse

The Indian Horse quotes below are all either spoken by Slanting Sky or refer to Slanting Sky. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 51 Quotes

"The journey you make is good." "What am I to learn here?"
He swept his arm to take in the lake, the shore and the cliff behind us. "You've come to learn to carry this place within you. This place of beginnings and endings."

Related Characters: Saul Indian Horse (speaker), Slanting Sky (speaker)
Page Number: 205
Explanation and Analysis:
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Slanting Sky Character Timeline in Indian Horse

The timeline below shows where the character Slanting Sky appears in Indian Horse. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...had no boats or bridges or maps. They lived surrounded by “untamed” nature. Saul’s great-grandfather, Slanting Sky , was a shaman—a healer and religious leader of the Fish Clan. One day, Slanting... (full context)
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Shortly afterwards, Slanting Sky told his people that the horse represented a great change—a change that would “scorch” the... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...very late, he stares up at the stars. Suddenly, he sees a man—his own great-grandfather, Slanting Sky . The figure he sees is old and extremely thin. Then, Saul sees his other... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...flotilla of canoes, carrying his family. Suddenly, Saul finds himself face-to-face with his great grandfather, Slanting Sky . Saul begs his great-grandfather, “What am I to learn here?” His great-grandfather replies that... (full context)