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Once Upon an Eskimo Time

Continuing the sacred tradition of her ancestors, in Once Upon an Eskimo Time Edna Wilder retells a year in her Eskimo mother’s life. Wilder eloquently captures the oral storytelling traditions of her people, and she employs descriptions of the weather and harsh climates of Alaska’s Norton Sound to illustrate the hardiness of her mother’s spirit. Family values, subsistence living, and the cycle’s of life form a narrative that captures the now-vanished lifestyle along the Bering Sea.

            “Readers of whatever age will enjoy Nedercook’s delightful account of the day-to-day, legends, and beliefs of the ancient Eskimo village of Rocky Point.”—Ames Tribune

197 pages | 19 line drawings | 6 x 9

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Table of Contents



Description of an Inne

List of Characters and names

1. First Goose

2. Miracle Man

3. Squirrel Hunting

4. Bear

5. Nedercook’s Enjoyment

6. Eggs

7. Women of the Sea

8. Salmon Fishing Time

9. Killer Whale

10. Beluga Whale

11. Farewell, Murres

12. Colder Nights

13. Winter Storm

14. Big Black Duck

15. Festival Time

16. Marriage

17. Under-Ice Net

18. Nedercook Hurt

19. Oopick Dies

20. Barter

21. Nedercook’s Birth

22. Seal Hunting

23. Baby

24. Catching Murres

25. Rocks

26. Spring

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