Thursday, July 5, 2007


Another important aspect of Karana is her resilience. Though the white men's ship doesn't return for her for eighteen years, and though her efforts to establish a comfortable life on the island are repeatedly thwarted, she never shows signs of despair. Karana is often sad, as when her brother was killed, or frightened, as when she was injured by the sea elephant and stalked by wild dogs, but she never gives up. She is always looking ahead to her next task on the island.

Karana and her brother, Ramo,waited for the white men's ship to return to the island for them. Karana waited for them for 18 years, but Ramo only waited for about less than 1 year. Ramo died from attacks of the wild dogs in the island. Karana is often sad about Ramo's death, when she think about the fear when she saw the wild dogs and sea elephants.Her father had also died from the shot of the Aleuts.Now her family is gone and left her alone in the island.But she overcomed the fear and sadness. She never gives up and always look ahead to her next task on the island. ..

Karana also would use the materials available to create what she needs.Karana fights for her survival with the skills and tools of her culture. She builds a shelter for herself, largely from whale ribs, and makes spears, nets and many household items that she requires.

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