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summary of Linda Hogans Power

In Linda Hogan's 1998 novel Power, much is learned about Native American culture.The main characters, Omishto and Ama help reveal this culture.The novel is divided into nine chapters.
In Chapter 1, "Omishto," a girl is in a boat that is floating on a pond.She notices that there is a storm coming in.She describes the pond and the area around it.A snake tries to enter the girl's boat, but she pushes it out with a pole, and then she moves the boat to land.As she does this, she feels something watching her, but does not want to look in the direction.A woman named Ama has told the girl that she is in the territory of "the cat" (3).The girl says that she has never seen the cat, but Ama saved one when some boys had it treed.Ama took away the boys' rifle.The girl's father named her Omishto, which means "one who watches."Omishto's grandmother says that Omishto has a wind inside her called Oni.Omishto is careful on her way home because she can still feel something watching her.
Chapter 2, "Stormlight," opens with a story about a man named Abraham Swallow.People believe that he died from fear or magic in some trees near a canal.As Omishto walks toward Ama Eaton's house, she recalls this story.Near Ama's house there is a tree called Methuselah that is 500 years old and was planted by the Spanish.Methuselah is the only tree of its kind in the area.The tree and Ama's house sit on the edge of the Taiga land.Taiga is the name of the Indian tribe to which Ama and Omishto belong.Ama's house is old and looks like it is decaying. As Omishto reaches Ama's house, Ama tells Omishto to come into the house.Omishto tries to sneak up on Ama, but Ama always hears her.Ama and Omishto then sit on the porch together and discuss Abraham Swallow's death.Omishto tells Ama that she does not think magic killed Abraham.Abrah…


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