Uswitusqaq's Dream

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A shaman's dream, a journey by kayak, a hidden bay, sea otters, and an earthquake; these are the ingredients for Uswitusqaq's Dream, a children's novel about life on Alaska's Kodiak Island in the 1800s. This charming story follows Alutiiq youth Kuuku and Tanqiq on a journey of self-discovery. Traveling far from home, the boys discover a hidden bay with a rare pod of sea otters. An injured pup offers the chance to learn more about otters, practice outdoor skills, and test the boys'€™ compassion and patience. Then an earthquake closes the entrance to the bay. How with the boys return home? This exciting story features descriptions of Kodiak's natural environment, interwoven with details of Alutiiq culture and history.

Written by Pattie Leighton with Alutiiq vocabulary by April Laktonen Counceller and cover art by Sara Squartsoff.

A children’s book that takes place on Kodiak Island. Recommended for reading-level students in grades 3 through 6, and for reading aloud to children of all ages.

Download our educational handout on Otters.