I Heard The Owl Call My Name
Although the Indians in I Heard The Owl Call My Name, and in The Black Robe are
primitive in the technological sense, they are neither simple or emotional people.
The Indians in both texts could be classed as primitive people – if we take primitive to
mean technologically underdeveloped. The level of technology possessed by the white man
is far superior to that of the Indians, yet the Indians in The Black Robe are happy to accept
and use muskets, and in I Heard The Owl Call My Name they are familiar with motors,
washing machines and modern building techniques brought by white man.
The Indians display their level of ignorance in regard to modern technology in The Black
Robe, when the enemy tribe believed that muskets could only be fired once and once fired,
they are useless. The Indians had little knowledge of modern materials or tools.
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