Daughter of Kura
Debra AustinQuestions and Topics for Discussion
1. What are the traditional roles of women in this imagined culture? What is expected of them as daughters, sisters, mates, and mothers? What is expected of the men? How do you feel about these expectations? How are the cultural roles of the sexes in Snap’s world affected by their ignorance of the role of males in reproduction? Compare Bapoto’s plans for changing the traditional role of men in this imagined culture with the actual changes that have occurred in modern women’s roles in the last forty years.
2. On page 5, Snap observes that the stories her people tell are always about change, yet their purpose is the opposite: to preserve tradition, pass on memories, and explain how things happen. Is Snap a traditionalist or a revolutionary? Does she change in the course of the novel? Explain how this apparent contradiction works for the people of Kura. Share a few examples of such stories and traditions from your own life.
3. While life for the characters of Daughter of Kura
is one of extreme danger and hardship, there is joy in their lives as well. Where do Chirp, Whistle, and Snap find happiness? Compare and contrast these sources of joy with the ways in which modern women of different cultures find happiness.
4. People tend to regard the values and practices of their own culture as more natural than or superior to the practice