The Winter Walk
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Advanced in pregnancy and now newly widowed, Qutuuq sets out with her two children, leaving their camp and following a frozen river to the coast. Homebound, one step at a time, through the subzero wilderness.

This is a chilling, true story dating from 1892. It tells of battles against killing cold, starvation, and exhaustion. It's the story of a haunting decision made in the throes of desperation. And ultimately it's a story of survival and triumph amid unspeakable sorrow.

More than a century later, Qutuuq's story, which has descended through her Inupiat Eskimo family as oral history, is retold in print by her great-granddaughter.


Qutuuq asked her nine-year-old son, "Savokgenaq shall we stay here ad die like Papa?" He answered, "No, I don't want to die." The three of them sat there as Qutuuq held Savokgenaq and his younger sister, Keenaq.
Introduction, Prologue, Ch 1:Determined to Live, Ch 2:Qutuuq takes Charge, Ch 3: The Trip Upriver, Ch 4 Remembering the Trip up North, Ch 5:Preparing to Leave. Ch 6:Settling into the Sod House, Ch7:A Good Place, Ch 8:Savokgenaq's Training Begins Ch 9:The First Catch, Ch 10:Illness Appears, Ch11:Kipmalook Begins The Two-Day Trip, Ch 12:Remembering Savokgenaq's Birth, Ch13: On the Long Trapline, Ch 14:A Successful Six Weeks, Ch 15:Taking Care of Kipmalook, Ch 16: Utuktak's Visit, Ch 17:Watchin g and Waiting, Ch 18:Walking Back, Ch:19 The Baby, Ch 20:Rabbit Droppings, Ch 21:Food, Ch 22:Help, Epilogue, Generations

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Date de parution 01 avril 2011
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780882408422
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 1 Mo

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The Winter Walk
The Winter Walk
Text © 2003 by Loretta Outwater Cox Photo credits: to come
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission of the publisher.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Cox, Loretta Outwater. The winter walk : a century-old survival story from the Arctic / Loretta Outwater Cox.  p cm. ISBN 0-88240-558-6 1. Qutuuq. 2. Inupiat women—Biography. 3. Inupiat women—Social conditions. 4. Inupiat women—Migrations. 5. Inupiat—Social life and customs. I. Title.
E99.E7Q783 2003
979.8’60049712—dc21
Alaska Northwest Books® An imprint of Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company P.O. Box 10306, Portland, Oregon 97296-0306 503-226-2402 www.gacpc.com
2002155576
President: Charles M. Hopkins Associate Publisher: Douglas A. Pfeiffer Editorial Staff: Timothy W. Frew, Tricia Brown, Jean Andrews, Kathy Howard, Jean Bond-Slaughter Production Staff: Richard L. Owsiany, Susan Dupere
Editor: Linda Gunnarson Designer: Elizabeth Watson Typographer: William H. Brunson Typography Services
Printed in xxxxx on xxxxx
Dedication
To my mother,
Ruth Savok Outwater,
who lived her life teaching,
but only to those who wanted to
watch and listen and learn from her.
She is my greatest teacher.
To my father,
Walter Outwater,
who inspired me to have
the courage of my convictions
and faith in my choices.
You are a good dad.
Acknowledgments
Introduction Prologue UETERMINEU TO LIVE
QuTuuQ TAKES CHARGE
THE TRIP uPRIVER
REMEMBERING A TRIP uP NORTH
PREPARING TO LEAVE
SETTLING INTO THE SOU HOuSE
A GOOU PLACE
SAVOKĠENAQ’S TRAINING BEGINS
THE FIRST CATCH
ILLNESS APPEARS
Contents
KIPMALOOK BEGINS THE TWO-UAY TRIP
REMEMBERING SAVOKĠENAQ’S BIRTH
ON THE LONG TRAPLINE
A SuCCESSFuL SIX WEEKS
TAKING CARE OF KIPMALOOK
uTuKTAK’S VISIT
WATCHING ANU WAITING
WALKING BACK THE BABY RABBIT UROPPINGS FOOU HELP
Epilogue Generations
Ecknowledgments
Thank you to my husband, Skip, our children—Yolanda, Tony, Katherine, and Christopher —and all my relatives for sharing their stories with me, including my Uncle Fred, Aunt Irene, and Aunt Rachel. Thank you to Tricia Brown for discovering the manuscript, for helping it through the process of publication and for believing in it. I’ll be forever grateful to my editor, Linda Gunnarson, for turning my thoughts into something readable, to Amelia Nagarak Lovell for finding and sharing Qutuuq’s picture, to Dr. George Charles for the correct Yupik language spelling, and
Qutuuq designed this unique pattern that was made by sewing small pieces of brown-and-white caribou into a strip. She then sewed the trim onto the flounces of fur parkas or decorated the tops ofmukluks(boots) that she made for her children and grandchildren. The century-old design still identifies Qutuuq’s descendants, like a family crest. In the later years, black-and-white calfskin was used.
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