- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises; No Edition Stated edition (February 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604622733
- ISBN-13: 978-1604622737
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Water Runs: Growing Up with Alaska Paperback – February 19, 2008
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Audrey Purkeypile was born in an Eskimo village above the North Pole, in 1927. Her parents were teachers at a government school, and they also helped manage the reindeer herd and offered medical care for the Eskimo village. The book was written by Audrey's daughter, but in first person as if Audrey were telling the story herself. She talks about the land and the endless winters without the sun, and the local people and their culture. Unlike some books, which view the locals as savages, Audrey and her family viewed the Eskimo villagers and their culture with respect and affection.
The story follows Audrey through the rest of her childhood, college and marriage, but the best parts are about the way life was in the Eskimo village and later in a mining camp.
This was an excellent book, but too short - I was sad when it ended.
The is so much history in this book that it left me wanting to know more about Alaska.