Julie of the Wolves

by Jean George

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What is the town of Kangik like in Julie of the Wolves?

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The town of Kangik is introduced to Julie/Miyax after her adventures with the wolves when she is approached by a citizen from the town and told that her father, Kapugen, who is described as "the greatest of all living Eskimo hunters" lives there.  Julie immediately goes to her father; however, as she approaches Kangik, she realizes that she no longer desires to live in a "civilized" world such as this.

Kangik is described by Julie as a "civilized" town that is losing its communion with nature.  There are traditional homes, stores, and schools.  Kangik is full of modern conveniences.  Kapugen has been corrupted by the civilization of Kangik.  He is married to a white woman and has many conveniences of the modern world.  Worst of all, Kapugen is now one of the pilots who carries hunters to the Alaskan tundra to hunt.  Julie figures this out by noting Kapugen's new helmet and goggles.  Kapugen admits to Julie that using planes to hunt is "the only way to hunt today."  

Julie realizes that it could have been her own father who killed Amaroq and wounded Kapu.  As a result, Kapugen is "dead to her."  This begins the sad ending to the story as Julie returns to her little camp on the tundra and her bird friend, Tornait, dies.  Julie realizes that "the hour of the wolf and the Eskimo is over," so she heads back to her father in Kangik.

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