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Lost and alone on the Arctic tundra, Julie survives by joining a wolf pack. Lyrical text portrays the interdependence between people and animals in the harsh but beautiful Alaskan environment. As Julie learns to communicate with the wolves, her physical hardships mirror the plight of Eskimo culture as it faces Westernization and modern technology.
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Against the backdrop of a young girl's harrowing trek across the Arctic tundra, Jean George thoughtfully explores the situation native peoples face when their culture is threatened by Westernization. As Miyax recalls her Eskimo upbringing and learns to survive on the tundra, readers are presented with the science of the Eskimo culture and its interdependence with native plants and animals. Miyax uses native and natural wisdom to gain acceptance by the wolf pack that saves her life.
As Miyax, and the reader, becomes more steeped in Eskimo ways, she reconsiders her decision to leave Alaska. The book's uncertain ending invites readers to decide whether traditional Eskimo culture can survive in the face of Americanization, and whether individuals can make a difference within their society.
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