Julie of the Wolves

by Jean George

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When the old Eskimo hunters say "wealth," what does that mean?   What does Miyax call English people in Julie of the Wolves?

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When the old Eskimo hunters would talk about someone being wealthy, they were not referring to how much money the person had or how many things.  They were talking about wealth in a more spiritual or intellectual way.  They said that being wealthy meant that a man had love, fearlessness, and intelligence.

We find this out when Miyax is watching the wolves showing their devotion to Amaroq.

The word that Miyax uses to refer to the white people is "gussaks."  She says in this passage that men who had the Eskimo sort of wealth were admired the way the gussaks admire people who have lots of money.

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