The Birchbark House - Part 4, Biboon (Winter), Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Part 4, Biboon (Winter), Chapter 11 Summary

"Hunger" In an effort to either find the family more food or ease the debt he owes for the food he's already purchased on credit, Deydey plays the local shop-owner at chess, eventually winning the game, some extra food, and some freedom from debt. The food doesn't last long, however, and soon the family is again struggling for sustenance. Meanwhile, Nokomis at last encourages Omakayas to go on her spiritual quest for a dream or vision, painting her face with charcoal and encouraging her to fast. After a pair of unsuccessful tries, Omakayas finally succeeds, dreaming of the bear spirit woman who says she will be with Omakayas always. When Nokomis hears of the dream, she is pleased and urges Omakayas to always honor the presence of the bear spirit woman. She also tells Omakayas and the...

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