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Ordinary Wolves In The Tradition Of Jack London, Seth Kantner Presents An Alaska Far Removed From Majestic Clich S Of Exotic Travelogues And Picture Postcards Kantner S Vivid And Poetic Prose Lets Readers Experience Cutuk Hawcly S Life On The Alaskan Plains Through The Character S Own Words Feeling The Pliers Pinch Of Cold And Hunkering In An Igloo In Blinding Blizzards Always In Cutuk S Mind Are His Father Ab, The Legendary Hunter Enuk Wolfglove, And The Wolves All Living Out Lives On The Unforgiving Tundra Jeered And Pummeled By Native Children Because He Is White, Cutuk Becomes A Marginal Participant In Village Life, Caught Between Cultures After An Accident For Which He Is Responsible, He Faces A Decision That Could Radically Change His Life Like His Young Hero, Seth Kantner Grew Up In A Sod Igloo In The Alaska, And His Experiences Of Wearing Mukluks Before They Were Fashionable, Eating Boiled Caribou Pelvis, And Communing With The Native Tribes Add Depth And Power To This Acclaimed Narrative White people everything talked to pieces until all the pieces had numbers I get wolves, Enuk would have said, back by mountains It would have been someone else s duty to fill in the story and any heroism Takunak, a speck in the wilderness, modern as microwaves, yet hissing with voices from a brand new ten thousand year old past Kill every animal possible, every fur Share Avoid taboos Don t get ahead Never stand out Live now Takunak generous and jealous, petty and cruel and somehow owning us owning our decisions calling us home to assassinate our ambitions How strange my past, even farther back into the earth the caribou skin entrance, flickering lamplight, dreams and the conviction to hunt the land for them Such is the gritty and complicated reality of Alaska narrated by a white boy named Cutuk Hawckly from the rural NW Arctic in this novel The book paints unsparing portraits of colonized and quickly modernized Native village life including, importantly, the kinds of half glimpses that a young person might realistically get of the boarding school history and other reasons behind the problems so prevalent today It also paints incredibly insightful and incisive portraits of modern consumeristic culture and of white Alaskan culture and anti Native racism as well as Native worshipping white people Some of the most devastating scenes that made me squirm were of white sport hunters from Anchorage and Fairbanks But so uncomfortable too were the scenes of boys in the village drinking hairspray and Lysol, young girls getting pregnant And observing it all, participating in parts of it from fear and insecurity, this white boy who constantly pushes down his nose to look Eskimo, to will himself into becoming I upiaq, who loves his family and loves the land, who desperately wants friends and acceptance and a purpose in life.Perhaps most startling about this book was how it made me experience my own city Cutuk, having never left the very rural Northwest Arctic, Cutuk who had to travel 2 days on dog sled to get to the village from the sod igloo he shared with his family, Cutuk arrives first in Kotzebue and then Anchorage Running down the slushy snow in his winter muluks and soaking them through, trying to trap a lynx to eat where he is camped by the railroad tracks, wandering around Anchorage confused by cars and where all these white people are in such a hurry to go to, later navigating the social dynamic of car mechanics and astounded by how rude and stupid these white men are, confused as to why anyone would buy a dog in a mallit s a fascinating view of my city, urban culture, etc It is an important view for anyone working with youth or families from the villages who arrive in Anchorage disoriented and culture shocked This is a novel of a boy who is stuck crawling the crevasses in between the Native Northwest Arctic and the culture he identifies with and yet is excluded from, and the white culture that is supposed to be his but bears no resemblance to his values or way of life He ultimately finds peace and growth back in his connection to the land, but the troubling social dynamic never disappears One of the best scenes was of a meeting at the tribal council in the village where outside presenters come to talk about online cultural preservation and grants They, like so many other well intentioned but removed people, talk in big words and without connection to the people, and therefore achieve nothing The man glanced around quizzically, shuffled papers, and retreated into a forest of overgrown words and Accountant English The meeting trailed into whispers and tittering Back on the metal chairs, we chuckled at the man s pronunciation of Joe Smith s Eskimo name We heard my dick We laughed, not because we were mean, but because laughing was traditional, it was something we were good at, and tonight we still remembered how I only wish that the character of Cutuk, and the author, Seth Kantner, could have met and included in the novel Native characters who managed multiple worlds skillfully, who reached back into tradition and worked modern jobs, or non elder Native folks who were heroes like Enuk Enuk, the old hunter who Cutuk idolizes, and Janet, the very good and loving mothering character, are not the only such Native men or women I wished for the sake of showing Alaska s social dynamic that the character could have come across some healthy and self actualized Alaska Native individuals, such as the many I know, to show not only a white Hawckly family hybrid, but show that there are many Alaska Native people who have found ways to balance tradition and modernity. ORDINARY WOLVES is simply one of the best books I have ever read I need to read it again Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended. OK, hang on stop reading this review Go to your to read shelf Add this book To the top of the list Do it now Got it on there OK now I can tell you about it This book is going to stay with me for a long time This kind of writing is really like a gift When you come across a book like this you just never want to be done reading it because it s just such a sheer pleasure to read such fine writing Seth Katner creates dialogues and descriptions that instantly place you in the landscape After having read a couple of books that made me wince at every other sentence as I noticed authors blatantly trying to trick me into sinking into their story, Ordinary Wolves was quite simply a relief and a delight to read because I sunk into the story as soon as I started reading, and I loved escaping completely into this world as I read along each night This is a coming of age story that follows Cutuk, a white boy growing up with his sister and his single dad in an igloo on the Alaskan tundra Not quite native, but not quite white, Cutuk struggles to fit in in various social settings while lingering on the sidelines, subconsciously trying to flatten his nose at every moment In tandem with the human storylines, we also follow developments in the natural landscape throughout the narrative You ll clearly picture the purple sky, the black icy water at spring breakup and the endless snow, and you ll wince as you hear the sound of snowgos greatest nickname ever for a snowmobile tearing across the landscape and leaving permanent marks of change To me the mark of any great book is the feeling of wanting to turn back to page 1 and start all over again upon finishing Ordinary Wolves is on my re read list already Read it. This was a great read Cutak and his family are living as natives in Alaska, but they are White, from Chicago, and therefore they face ridicule and serious discrimination Their father, an artist, has them living off the land in a sod dwelling, and their mother has long fled back to the States Their way of living is very outdated compared to the Indigenous children they encounter in town on infrequent visits, and they are mocked, bullied and worse because of this and their being White It was very interesting because when I began reading it felt like the story was set a century earlier than it was, and that realization illustrated the oddness of this family s lifestyle When Cutak heads for the city he faces true culture shock and is very much adrift in modern society He struggles to figure out where he belongs As a reader I feared for him, he is so naive and vulnerable The scenes involving hunting and the use of sled dogs were quite disturbing to me I had always read learned that the Indigenous peoples were very respectful of the animals who sacrificed their lives to feed them Here it seems that modern methods of killing animals, including long range rifles, snowmobiles and helicopters, has made that old fashioned way disappear They kill for pelts, they kill violently and indiscriminately The treatment of the sled dogs is horrific and disgusting The rampant use of drugs and any possible version of alcohol is described and it is not pretty, as is the sexual violence towards women All that being said it was a moving story, well written and very thought provoking

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