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By Farley Mowat

Awasin and Jamie, brothers in braveness, meet a problem many mountain males couldn't endure.  When their canoe is destroyed by way of the fury of the rapids, they have to face the desolate tract without meals and no desire of rescue.  To live on, they construct an igloo, conflict a towering grizzly endure, music a number of wolves, slaughter caribou for foodstuff and clothing.  Two misplaced huskies they tame convey companionship--and might be a fashion domestic from their risky experience.

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However the subsequent morning, once they came across the sign up the sand, Telie-kwazie and Etzanni have been extra offended than anything. “They went downstream! ” Etzanni stated furiously as he tested the marks within the sand. “They were bitten with insanity! ” seeing that Denikazi had made them liable for the men, there has been not anything else to do yet persist with them. They introduced their canoe and set out. “If we capture them in time they are going to have sore backs! ” Etzanni swore grimly. “And if we don't capture them, then the Eskimos will spill clean blood,” Telie-kwazie extra. touring slowly and with severe warning, that they had in simple terms reached where the place the lads had cooked the fish duck by the point evening fell. right here they camped with out fireplace. Tensely they saved watch in the course of the darkish hours, their rifles cocked and mendacity on their knees. Centuries of battle with the Eskimos—of ambushes and sunrise raids—were of their stories, and by way of morning they have been very fearful males. It took all their braveness to maneuver on down-river, yet they went. earlier than midday they got here into the maze of channels, and eventually emerged round some degree to seize a glimpse of the lengthy lake which ended on the deadly rapids less than the Stone apartment. the 1st glimpse the Indians had of the lake used to be additionally their final! Desperately they spun their canoe round and made it particularly jump upstream again—for they'd visible 3 narrow kayaks placing out from shore just a mile or so forward. The lacking boys have been forgotten and so used to be every little thing else other than the necessity to positioned as many miles as attainable among themselves and the Eskimos. That very evening, via superhuman attempt, they regained the camp on the Killing position. There they paused merely lengthy sufficient to gather the remainder of their gear. within the morning, exhausted from exertion and worry, they camped many miles south at the shore of Idthen-tua. the following day they made their approach to the western arm of the lake, the place they waited for Denikazi. there has been without doubt of their minds in regards to the destiny of the 2 boys—to them, the lads have been already lifeless. in the meantime, below the shadows of the Stone residence ridge the men have been mercifully unaware they had been given up as misplaced. And at the lake of the Kazon, 3 Eskimo hunters paddling their kayaks leisurely from element to indicate knew not anything of the panic that they had prompted, or of the presence of their land of strangers! Awasin woke up first the subsequent morning and, after a fearful learn of the river for symptoms of Eskimos, he grew to become to examine the encircling plains. On both sides the Barrens have been empty of movement and the single sound used to be the far-off whistling of curlews. however the phobia of the Eskimos used to be nonetheless robust in his middle. The Stone residence stood at the crest of an extended ridge that stretched westward and upward right into a variety of hills. at the skyline on the finish of this variety stood the large form of Deer Mountain, less than whose western slopes Denikazi used to be at that second most likely getting ready to satisfy the herds of caribou. by the point Jamie awakened, the panic of the day prior to this had worn away.

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