The Birchbark House Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the ways in which Omakayas' relationship with Tallow manifests and explores the narrative's theme of the need to confront fear. Include elements such as the Prologue and Tallow's dogs in your discussion.

In what ways do other characters confront their fears, both of physical threats and emotional/spiritual threats? What experiences do you have of confronting fear? What changes have you experienced as the result of doing so?

Consider the various mother figures in the novel, human (i.e., Mama) and animal (i.e., the mother bear), biological (i.e., Mama) and metaphorical (i.e., Tallow), and cross-generational (i.e., Nokomis). In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? In what ways is Omakayas herself a mother figure?

Briefly discuss ways in which the titles of the various chapters reflect their narrative content and thematic explorations. Consider each title's...

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