How did karana and tutok become friends before dating - Who is Tutok?
How would you describe the relationship between the islanders and the Aleuts as the story begins? Chapter 2 What do the islanders do that contributes to bad feelings between them and the Aleuts? Chapter 3 Why might Karana s people need to know exactly when the hunters will leave? Chapter 4 If Chief Chowig had not argued with the hunters about payment, what do you think would have happened that day?
What might have happened the next time the hunters came to the island? Chapter 6 Why do you think Nanko teases the islanders instead of telling them the good news right away? Can you think of a time when you ve done that? Chapter 7 The islanders are leaving their home forever on a strange ship. How might you feel if you had to move away from your home? Is there one special thing you would never leave behind, as Ramo will not leave his spear?
Both Chief Matasaip and Karana have to make difficult decisions about going back for Ramo. The chief decides not to turn back; Karana decides to do so. Do you think either person made the right decision? What would you have done? Chapter 8 After Ramo dies, Karana vows to kill all of the wild dogs on the island. Does this seem fair to you?
Chapter 9 Why do you think Karana burns down the village of Ghalas-at? Would you have made the same decision? Why or why not? Karana decides to disobey the law that forbids women from making weapons. Can you think of a situation in which you might have to disobey a law to save your life? Why do you think she feels desperate enough to risk her life this way?
Chapter 11 Why do you think Karana decides that she will never again leave the island unless the white men come for her? As Karana chooses a location for her new home, what are some of the issues she has to consider? Do you think she chooses wisely? Chapter 12 As Karana builds her new home, how does she protect herself from animals and from the weather?
Why do you think she tries to make her life more comfortable? Chapter 13 Karana sees two large male sea elephants fighting.
Do you think the younger or the older animal will win? Chapter 14 What do you think is different about Karana s second home, compared with her first?
Chapter 15 Why does Karana decide she must kill the leader of the dog pack? What changes her mind? Why do you think the leader of the dog pack begins to trust her, rather than wants to harm her? Have you ever had a pet or a human friend who has changed your life? If so, can you describe how? Chapter 17 When Rontu goes back to the wild dogs, Karana doesn t help him fight.
Have you ever had a pet that needed your help? If so, what happened? Were you able to help it? Chapter 18 In this chapter, Karana describes a spring season when she is especially happy. Would you have been happy in her situation during that spring? Chapter 19 Why does Karana want to spear the devilfish? Why do you think she later decides never to hunt one again? Chapter 20 As Karana explores Black Cave, what does she discover there? How does it make her feel?
If you were Karana, would you ever return to Black Cave? When the Aleuts come, what does Karana do to hide from them? Chapter 21 Do you think Karana is more afraid of the Aleut girl or of the hunters?
Chapter 22 How do we know that Karana has come to trust Tutok? Why do you think Karana cooks food for Tutok even though she knows Tutok is gone? Chapter 23 What does it mean that Karana eventually gives the otter a name, Mon-a-nee?
Why do you think the otter did not stay in the pool? Chapter 24 As time passes, Karana s feelings about killing animals change. How did she once feel, and how does she feel now?
Why do you think her feelings change? Chapter 25 Karana loses her best friend when Rontu dies. Describe how it might feel to lose a favorite animal. Chapter 26 Why do you think Karana tries to catch the wild dog that is Rontu s son? Chapter 27 Before the earthquake, what are some of the signs Karana notices that something abnormal is happening to the sea and to the island? We can often guess, though, by how he describes what Karana is doing.
From his descriptions, what do you think Karana is feeling when she first sees the ship? Chapter 29 The white men want Karana to change into clothes like theirs. Why do you think they do this? Do you think Karana will have a better life after she leaves the island? What might her life be like?
I walked across the deck and, though many hands tried to hold me back, flung myself into the sea. One day Karana and her six-yearold brother, Ramo, see a ship sailing toward their island. Karana is excited but uneasy. The men of Ghalas-at race to meet the ship. Forty Aleuts and their Russian captain, named Orlov, have come to hunt sea otters.
Orlov says that they will pay the islanders with jewelry and metal spearheads. Karana s father, Chief Chowig, does not trust the hunters. Still, he agrees to let them hunt. Karana s sister, Ulape, declares that one of the Aleuts is a girl, but no one believes her.
When the Aleuts are done hunting, they argue with the islanders about payment. The Aleuts and the islanders fight on the beach, 21 22 and many island men die. The tribe is devastated. There was no woman who had not lost a father or a husband, a brother or a son.
The new tribal chief, Kimki, travels across the sea to find a new place for the tribe. After he leaves, Matasaip becomes chief. A year later, another ship sails into the harbor. Kimki has sent the white men and their ship to bring the tribe to their new home.
A storm is coming, so the islanders hurry to board the ship. Ramo has forgotten his treasured fishing spear and wants to go back for it. Karana says no, but Ramo disobeys her. As the ship sails out to sea, Karana sees Ramo alone on the island. She begs Chief Matasaip to go back for him. We cannot wait for Ramo, he says. If we do, the ship will be driven on the rocks.
The chief promises to come back for him on another trip. He will be safe, he says. Karana does not believe him. She dives back into the sea and swims to shore. She hugs Ramo and promises that they will be rescued soon. Sadly, there will be no rescue for Ramo, who is soon killed by wild dogs.
Karana vows that someday she will kill the dogs that killed her brother. After Ramo s death, Karana decides that she can no longer live in the village of empty huts that remind her of all the people who 22 23 were dead and those who were gone.
She burns each house in the village until there were only ashes left to mark the village of Ghalas-at. Karana makes a new home on a large rock. There she is safe from the dogs, though they follow her when she leaves the rock. She needs weapons to kill the dogs but she is afraid to disobey her tribe s law, which states that women are not allowed to make weapons. Karana looks everywhere for weapons but finds none.
She decides that she must disobey the tribe s law. She makes a spear and then a bow and arrows. Feeling more secure with her weapons nearby, Karana begins to enjoy her new life. Still, she waits for the ship to return for her and always at dawn, as light spread across the sea, my first glance was toward the little harbor of Coral Cove. After the dogs threaten her again, Karana decides to leave the island by canoe. She is not really afraid, she says, for whatever might happen to her means far less than the thought of staying on the island alone, without a home or companions, pursued by wild dogs, where everything reminded me of those who were dead and those who had gone away.
Karana paddles out to sea, but the old canoe is leaking and starts to split apart. Karana realizes that she must turn back to the island, though she is uncertain if she will make it. When a swarm of dolphins swims near her canoe, they lift her spirits and give her the strength to paddle home.
She builds a home on the headland and furnishes it. She makes new, stronger weapons to hunt the wild dogs. She plans to kill a sea elephant for its sharp teeth, which she can use as spear points. Instead, she witnesses a terrible fight between two sea elephants that leads to one of the sea elephants death. Karana stumbles and badly injures her leg as she watches the fight. She hides from the wild dogs in a cave and, after she recovers, makes it into a second shelter.
Karana makes spear points from the teeth of the dead sea elephant and hunts the wild dogs. She wounds the leader of the pack, a big dog that she thinks must have come with the Aleuts. When she follows the wounded dog into the brush, she is surprised to find that she does not want to kill him, though she is not sure why.
She nurses the dog back to health and, when he is better, names him Rontu. Next, Karana decides to fix one of the tribe s old canoes. As she does so, Rontu plays nearby.
Now Karana realizes how lonely she had been before she had Rontu to talk to. Karana and Rontu use the canoe to explore the island s caves, where they hunt a giant devilfish and find ancient figures her ancestors once made.
Then one day the Aleuts return. This time, Karana sees for herself that they have a girl with them. Though Karana hides, the Aleut girl discovers her. Slowly the two become friends. Afterward, Karana listens to the many familiar sounds of the island. But suddenly, she says to herself, as I thought of Tutok, the island seemed very quiet. Karana goes down to the beach and sees the dead and dying otters the Aleuts have left behind. She is able to save one otter, who becomes her friend Mon-a-nee.
As time passes, her pet birds, Tainor and Lurai, have two baby birds, and Karana nurses an injured young gull. Karana decides that she will never kill another otter, cormorant, seal, dog, or sea elephant again. Even if her tribespeople were to come back and laugh at her, she would not change her mind. Rontu dies, but Karana soon catches and tames a wild dog that is Rontu s son and names him Rontu-Aru.
Karana barely survives an earthquake that strikes first at sea and then on the island. She loses all her food, weapons, and canoes.
As she is piecing together a new canoe on the beach one day, she sees a ship on the horizon. Karana hides, not knowing at first if the men on board are dangerous Aleuts or rescuers.
By the time she realizes they are rescuers, the men have left. She is alone again on the island. Two years later, the same ship returns. Karana knows that this time she will leave on the ship. She carefully prepares, dressing in her finest clothes and jewelry. The white men greet Karana in a strange language. Though she doesn t understand what they 25 26 are saying, the words are sweet to her. They were the sound of a human voice. There is no sound like this in all the world. As the ship sails for the mainland, Karana says to the reader, For a long time I stood and looked back at the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
She thinks of all the animals she has left behind and of all the happy days. Dolphins accompany the ship far out to sea.
Her little birds chirp and Rontu-Aru sits beside Karana as she sails toward her new life. Thinking about the plot Why do the islanders and the Aleuts fight? How does Karana become stranded on the Island of the Blue Dolphins? What are the greatest dangers Karana faces, and how does she respond to them? How is Karana rescued?
The Island of the Blue Dolphins was my home; I had no other. It would be my home until the white men returned in their ship. Karana, Island of the Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins takes place entirely on the island and in the nearby ocean during the mids.
Time Although O Dell never mentions any dates in Island of the Blue Dolphins, we know the general time period since the novel is based on a true story. The real Lost Woman of San Nicolas lived alone on the island for eighteen years, between and Certain details of the story show us that O Dell kept his novel in the same time period.
We see that the story takes place when the islanders are just beginning to be affected by outside cultures. Hunters have been to the Island of the Blue Dolphins only once before in the islanders memory. Also, the white men helping the islanders are missionaries from the Santa Barbara Mission.
Missions were the 27 28 main white settlements in California from the late s to the mids. The hunters and the white men arrive in sailing ships of the sort that were used a hundred years or more ago. The Aleuts and the Russians have tools and objects that are almost as simple as the ones the Indians use: They fish for otters with spears, and as payment they offer beads and iron spearheads.
A number of years pass during the course of the book. The author shows this by letting whole seasons or years go by with a simple comment such as, For many summers after the Aleuts had gone He also gives us a dramatic sense that many years have passed when he describes how Karana has marked the passage of time. For a long time, Karana counts the passing moons months by making a mark for each on a pole by her door. So much time passes that there were many marks, from the roof to the floor.
After a while, though, she stops marking the moons and begins marking only the four seasons. Finally, during the last year when she doubts that she will ever be rescued, she does not mark the passing time at all. Place The author creates the island setting by weaving details into nearly every paragraph in the book. O Dell describes the island itself and the many creatures that live on or near it.
He gives us many details of the Indians culture, as well as some details about the cultures of the Aleuts and the white men. He also uses language to help make the setting real. Just as O Dell describes it in the novel, San Nicolas was once home to American Indians and was a hunting place for the Aleuts and the Russians who came in search of sea otters.
The island is now used by the U. Navy, and the public is not allowed to visit. O Dell loved the ocean and island life. He had lived near the sea for many years and had lived on an island for part of his childhood. So he knew many details of island life and used them to help establish the setting. O Dell describes the island in such detail that it is possible to draw a map from his descriptions.
Karana gives us an overall picture: Our island is two leagues long and one league wide, and if you were standing on one of the hills that rise in the middle of it, you would think that it looked like a fish.
Like a dolphin lying on its side, with its tail pointing toward the sunrise, its nose pointing to the sunset, and its fins making reefs and the rocky ledges along the shore. Right from the beginning of the story he gives us details such as these: The ship sails around the kelp bed and between two large rocks that guard Coral Cove.
The men race down the 29 30 trail to the shore; the women gather on the mesa. Karana moves through heavy brush and down the ravine to the sea cliffs, where she hides in the toyon bushes.
O Dell describes other aspects of the environment, from the island s constant wind and the motion of the sea to descriptions of the changing seasons and of a frightening earthquake. The characters in Island of the Blue Dolphins act and speak in ways that show they are living in and have a deep understanding of their natural environment.
As the story begins, they are digging for roots to eat. From a distance, the ship looks like a shell to Karana, then a gull with folded wings.
Ramo guesses that it is a cloud or a whale, then a very large canoe. Karana compares Ramo with a cricket, and thinks his eyes are like lizards eyes. Karana and Ramo also talk about some of the animals on their island, the dolphins, gulls, cormorants, otters, and whales.
We are immediately as immersed in their island world as they are. As the story unfolds, we can see island life through its many other creatures, too, from wild dogs, sea elephants, and devilfish to red foxes, sea gulls, and pelicans.
O Dell uses his knowledge of Channel Island Indian culture to make his setting seem real. Because of his careful research, O Dell knew a great deal about how the native people lived. He describes the Indian village and the things that the islanders made and used, from their houses to their clothing, tools, and weapons.
He shows us what they ate and how they prepared 30 31 their food. Though O Dell does not go into such detail about the Aleuts and the white men, he tells us enough about their appearance, equipment, and habits to make them seem real. The author uses language to help involve us in island life. Karana tells the story using simple words and ideas that show us she has little knowledge of the world beyond the island. O Dell introduces some words in the characters native languages, too.
We find out several of the islanders everyday names and their real, but secret, names. We also learn some of the Aleuts words as well as those of the islanders. Sometimes we can compare them. For instance, we see that the Aleut word for pretty wintscha is similar to the islanders word for pretty win-tai. Using similar words is also a way for O Dell to say that different groups of people are not really so different from one another, after all.
Thinking about the setting Describe the setting of Island of the Blue Dolphins. How does the author use language to establish the setting? When does Island of the Blue Dolphins take place? I tried to convey a simple, but profound, message: Forgive your enemies and have respect for life all life.
The book has other themes, too, including the themes of survival and of the place of girls and women in society. Forgiveness O Dell wanted to show people how important he thought it was to get along with others and to forgive your enemies. The first enemy Karana forgives is not a person, but a dog. Rontu is an enemy because he is the leader of the dog pack that kills Ramo and threatens Karana.
He is also an enemy because he is an Aleut dog, and the Aleuts are Karana s enemies. After Ramo dies, Karana vows that some day I would go back and kill the wild dogs in the cave. I would kill all of them. This is 32 33 a promise of revenge as much as one of self-defense. She wants to kill them not only to punish them for killing Ramo but also because they threaten her. Karana kills some of the dogs with the weapons she makes.
She decides that she has to be sure to kill the leader, because he has made the pack bolder and more dangerous. Karana wounds Rontu, but she finds that she is reluctant to kill him. She says, Why I did not send the arrow I cannot say The big dog lay there and did not move and this may be the reason. If he had gotten up I would have killed him. Karana feeds the dog and nurses him back to health. She does this out of a sense of duty rather than because she cares about the dog.
I had no thought that he would live and I did not care. As the days pass, Karana s caretaking of Rontu has an effect on them both: They begin to truly care about each other. When Karana returns with a fish for Rontu on the fourth day, she is relieved that he has not left.
Rontu looks first at the fish I carried and then at me and moved his tail. Soon Karana s worst enemy has become her first friend on the island since she was left alone. Later, Karana has another chance to forgive and befriend an enemy this time, an Aleut. In the years before the story begins, the Aleuts had come to hunt on the Island of the Blue Dolphins and had treated the islanders 33 34 poorly. Karana s tribespeople have distrusted the Aleuts ever since.
When the Aleuts return at the beginning of the story, they cause bad feelings again by cheating the islanders. The two groups fight and many men die. But when the Aleuts come to the island a third time, when Karana is alone there, Karana learns that an enemy can become a friend.
This happens when she gets to know one Aleut, a girl named Tutok. When Karana first sees Tutok, Karana almost attacks her with a spear. Karana surprises herself when she does not throw the spear at Tutok, for she was one of the Aleuts who had killed my people on the beach of Coral Cove. Though Tutok can see that Karana distrusts her, Tutok is friendly. She tells Karana her name and smiles at her. She touches Karana s cormorant skirt and holds it against her body. Karana admits to herself that the skirt looks nice on Tutok, but I hated the Aleuts and took it from her.
Though Karana struggles to hold on to her hatred, it is weakening. She has not heard a human voice in so long that Tutok s words sound good to her, even though it was an enemy who spoke them. When Tutok gives Karana a beautiful necklace, Karana begins to see that Tutok could be her friend. Still, Karana does not trust Tutok completely. Only after two more days of visiting does Karana trust Tutok enough to tell Tutok her real, secret name.
After that, the girls spend many days together. Karana has made 34 35 a true friend a well-earned reward for learning to forgive an enemy. Respect for all life When O Dell wrote Island of the Blue Dolphins in the late s, it was one of the first children s books to suggest that animals deserve to be treated with the same respect as people. O Dell loved animals, though he did not always treat them well as a child.
When he grew up he was ashamed of his behavior and wanted to help others learn to treat them properly. Karana s tribespeople must hunt animals to survive. They depend on animals, especially fish, as food.
They need animal skins to make clothing. They need animal bones, teeth, and sinews to make tools and shelters. When the Russian and the Aleut hunters come, they change the islanders traditional relationship with animals.
Now, animals are hunted for profit as well as to fulfill basic needs. In this lesson, we will find out the consequences for Karana's friendship with Tutok.
The Aleuts At this point in the story, Karana has been living alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins for many years with only animals, such as the wild dog Rontu, as her friends.
After most of the men in her tribe are killed by Aleut hunters who do not want to pay for the sea otter furs they took from the island, the new chief sets off in search of a new home for his people. When he arrives at the mainland, he sends back a ship of white men to gather his tribe, but Karana misses the boat. Despite being stranded, she has learned to live happily on the island as she waits for the ship to return for her.
However, the Aleuts have come back to the island and she is afraid. Karana tears down her house so that it appears to have been abandoned years ago and takes Rontu to the cave she prepared in case this happened. However, an Aleut girl named Tutok finds her. Tutok knows Rontu, as he used to be her dog. Tutok only wants to be friends, but Karana does not trust her because she is an Aleut. After visiting the cave for the first time, Tutok leaves a beautiful necklace of black stones for Karana.
Can she be trusted?
Island of the Blue Dolphin Teacher Key developed and written by Catherine R. Ney