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20 Jun 2016

The Dog People

Post by Rowena Hill

For many years of my life I was obsessed with a race of ‘dog people’, and sometimes they still visit me, although I’ve mostly written them out of me. They are not hybrids, but dogs – or maybe wolves – that acquired consciousness at some point in evolution, and bear the same relation to canines as humans do to apes. I have a mythological explanation for their awakening, as recorded in these stories. They are good and bad like all conscious creatures, but I think of them as wiser than us, more in tune with earth and with stronger sight reaching into a future which in their hands could be just and happy.

I have written many versions of their story. The narrative poem ‘The Marriage of Wolf and Ship’, also on this website, is the latest, and compresses into a myth the birth, destruction and possible resurrection of sensitive life on earth, with the Wolf as ancient awareness.  My last effort at a coherent story, ‘The Yellow Tree’, is a short novel for adolescents about a part ‘wolf’ girl born in an ancient matriarchal city which is taken over by violent human males, so that she escapes to her ancestors in the forest where, after  a disastrous marriage, she has the child – a girl – who will renew their civilisation.

That novel is partly a rewriting of a story I called ‘Queenbitch’, not written with children in mind, where the dog-woman at the end is an ancient hag who still has the power to seduce Dogson, a hybrid hero who also finds his way to the city in the forest in search of the secrets that will let him save his race. ‘Fragments of a Myth’ tells the story of Dogson’s mother and of his life and battles and apparent victory. ‘Kali: After the End’ is an account of renewed conflict, where a heroine with cybernetic implants cooperates with age-old werewolves to defeat the despotic, alienated order that is forcing its own time stream back into reality.

The matriarchal (should I call it feminist?) slant in the stories is strong.

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