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Chapter 23
Chapter Summary: 
Treason joins Cutuk to help him get the sod-igloo dug out of the snow. Treason shoots a porcupine that has taken up residence in the house. The two eat it, and then go hunting. Cutuk is a reluctant hunter. While Treason is off chasing a wolverine, Cutuk visits the canyon where he saw Enuk's rope. Treason crashes his snowmachine but is successful in killing the wolverine. On the ride home they encounter a new trail put in across the tundra with tall yellow markers. Angry at the intrusion on the land, Cutuk drives over them as he races towards town.

Discussion Questions:

What is Cutuk criticizing when he says that "the progression of paper history" is "pretending or lying or forgetting to tell what was obvious?" (p. 265)

Points to Consider:

  • He's questioning how people could relegate evolution to books and not recognize our ancestry and connection to other species.

Why has Cutuk's relationship with Treason changed?

Points to Consider:

  • They are older now and have a shared history. They are also both hunters, though for different reasons.

Why do you think Cutuk wants to live in his old home?

Points to Consider:

  • Perhaps since the place is already built and bears so many memories, it makes more sense than starting over somewhere else. This way he can also live on the land and away from Takunak.

Why is Cutuk so careful not to approach the canyon when Treason is around?

Points to Consider:

  • He doesn't want Treason to know where the wolf den is. He's protecting the wolf and her pups from being killed by Treason.

Why does Cutuk run over the trail markers? (p. 274)

Points to Consider:

  • The markers represent the change that is coming to the land. By crashing over them he is trying to stop the coming tide of change, but he's only partially successful, as some of them whip back into place.

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