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Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the/Wallis, Velma/Paper/0704345595/S053-D1
In this traditional legend from her people, the Athabaskans of Alaska, Velma Wallis gives us the story of Bird Girl. In her cold, harsh country, where the sun disappears for much of the long winter, Indians and Eskimos struggle against nature - and against each other - to survive. Bird Girl, an independent young Indian woman, defies her family's expectations by refusing to become a traditional wife and mother. Instead, she chooses to brave life on her own as a hunter, risking starvation, isolation and attacks by her people's enemies.
Along the way she meets Daagoo, a restless young dreamer who leaves behind his homeland to journey south in search of the legendary Land of the Sun. both wander far from their culture's deeply held traditions - and both must eventually find a way to come home again.