The Curse of the Viking Grave

By Farley Mowat

3 boys, Awasin, Jamie and Peetyuk locate Viking relics in an historic tomb. the tale revolves round little-known information regarding the customs of Viking explorers and the unexplored land in Northern Canada

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Awasin advised of placing his leg via a skinny spot within the ice whereas surroundings an otter capture, and of getting to mild a fireplace and dry his moccasin ahead of his foot iced over sturdy. Jamie said wolverine had damaged into one among his in a single day cabins and had eaten all his grub in order that he needed to make do with ptarmigan which he shot along with his . 22 rifle. Peetyuk had encountered Chipeweyan Indians certain south for the buying and selling submit at Reindeer Lake from the Chipeweyan iciness camps at bushes line on Kasmere Lake. however it used to be Angus’s information that roused the main curiosity. on the severe north finish of his line he had noticeable clean indicators of deer. Following the trend in their annual migration, the caribou had come south out of the Barrens early within the autumn, looking defend within the forests. however the major herds had swept earlier Macnair Lake in an issue of per week, then had swung westward and disappeared. From what Angus used to be reporting now, it seemed they had rotated north and east and have been drifting south once again. The go back of the deer was once a prospect which excited each person, given that except rabbits and ptarmigan there were no clean meat at Macnair Lake for 3 lengthy months. while speak of the caribou died down Angus back to Peetyuk’s assembly with the Chipeweyans—the Idthen Eldeli, or Deer Eaters, as they referred to as themselves. “’Tis a wierd time o’ the 12 months for they fellows to be touring south,” he mused. “Did they no say why they have been awa’, Peetyuk? ” Peetyuk shook his head. “I unable converse their tongue. yet they appear hungry, they usually cross in sizeable hurry. they create no furs on sleds, and canines glance starved. ” “They’re an odd lot, they Chips,” Angus mused. “They try and stay as their ancestors did a century in the past, yet that canna be performed nae mair. final 12 months they nigh starved to demise and perhaps they've got extra difficulty the noo. Ah weel, Alphonse Meewasin will ken. i ended through to determine him at Thanout Lake the day, yet he used to be awa’ on his trapline. Your mither says he’ll be doon for a trip quickly, Awasin, to work out how your schoolin’ is going, nae doot. ” Alphonse Meewasin got here ahead of anticipated. At lunchtime day after today the canine introduced the arriving of a customer, and some mins later the tall, gaunt kind of the Cree leader stood within the doorway. below his arm was once a small parcel performed up in deer conceal, and with a slightly suppressed smile on his lips he held out the parcel to Peetyuk. “It has to be that my daughter Angeline doesn't imagine the Ayuskeemo*2 could make solid boots,” he defined. “And so she sends you these…” The parcel contained pairs of superbly labored moosehide moccasins, elaborately embellished with purple, eco-friendly and gold beadwork. Peetyuk stood retaining them in his palms, a lot embarrassed, and unsure what to do or say. “Now you’re in difficulty, Pete! ” Jamie cried joyfully. “When a Cree lady makes moccasins for a fellow…that’s the tip of him. Isn’t that correct, Awasin? ” Awasin nodded his head solemnly. “That is so. And my sister hasn't ever made moccasins for any guy sooner than. i need to watch you close up, Peetyuk.

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