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Life and Basketball in Arctic Alaska
My first introduction with Alaskan Native basketball came from an excerpt from Nick Jans published in Tales from the Edge. I was amazed by this surprising phenomenon that has spread throughout the bush communities of the state. Then, just as I was finishing Velma Wallis’ Raising Ourselves about life in Fort Yukon, I heard there was a book about the Fort Yukon basketball team about to be released. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and I was not disappointed when I did.
This book picked up right where Velma Wallis left off with life in Fort Yukon in Raising Ourselves. Michael D’orso does a great job of painting the interweaving lives of the young players, their community, and the world. This is more than just a book about a high school basketball team trying to win their state’s championship. This is a book about a culture that is trying to merge its heritage with a challenging present and future, and thrown into this mix is basketball.
This is a gripping book. Just don’t do what I did and flip to the end of the book and read their record. Although, even knowing the outcome of games, D’Orso still had me at the edge of my seat when reading his accounts of the games. This is far more than a sports thriller, it is a piece of history and culture. Everyone should read this book.
It is amazing how you find yourself in the stands cheering this gritty team on through the book.
After reading this book, I know I will be in the stands for the next 1A state basketball tournament.
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