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The Dream Carvers

TitleThe Dream Carvers
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsClark, Joan
ISBN Number9780140386295

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Thrand, a young Norse boy, has been captured by Osweet (Beothuk) natives. It is the 11th century, and Thrand and his family have traveled from their native Greenland to establish a settlement in Newfoundland. Thrand is captured by the Osweet after Thrand plays a significant role in the death of an Osweet boy, Awadasut. Thrand is taken to the Osweet camp where he must constantly relive Awadasut’s death by watching Awadasut’s family mourn, as well being haunted by Awadasut’s death in his dreams. Thrand soon discovers that he has been captured to replace Awadasut in the tribe. Awadasut’s sister, Abidith, is chosen to read Thrand’s, now Wobee’s, dreams in order to better understand the white man, so the Osweet may be able to survive the invasion and clash of cultures. Now Wobee must choose to become one of the Osweet, but he must first let go of his home and family in Greenland.


“I’ve barely started the crossing when shouts come across the water from the camp. My captors have discovered my absence! I look at the sea-bird islands. They are steeply cliffed and bare of trees. Even if I reach them, I can see no place to land. Should I take the risk and go on? Already my arms and shoulders ache from paddling this far. My captors are strong paddlers and will have more energy than me. There’s no doubt they would catch up to me before I could reach the shore on the other side of the bay.” (16)

“The next day, as I paddle North with Bogodorasook and the others, I wrestle with my decision to leave. Maybe I should tell Bogodorasook my intention. He’s never shown me anything but kindness and has helped me in countless ways. He might even help me if he knew I wanted to return to Leifsbudir. He might offer me the use of the canoe he and I built with Cheething. I decide to tell him my plans. Then I realize that I can’t tell him, for if there’s a ship in Leifsbudir, I will never return to the Osweet.” (201)