The Ancient Child Setting & Symbolism

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Kiowa Reservation

The action of the novel is largely divided between the Kiowa Reservation and San Francisco. Grey, the Mottledmares, the Dicks, and several other incidental Kiowa characters live on the reservation.

San Francisco

Set lives in San Francisco throughout much of the novel. There he is a reputed and successful artist. He moved there as a young child after being adopted by Bent Sandridge. Set enjoys his life in San Francisco but longs for something else.

Medicine Bundle

The medicine bundle is a ritual package of herbs along with a bearskin and the dried penis of a wolf. Kope’mah entrusts the bundle to Grey to give to Set. It is meant to effect his transformation into a bear. When Grey hands it to Set, a strange power passes between the two.

Dog

Dog is Grey’s horse. Dog is often present in the narrative as Grey...

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