By Yuri Rytkheu
“Rarely has humanity’s dating to nature been so fantastically and vividly depicted. A Dream in Polar Fog is either stylish and intriguing and in addition serves as a residing anthropology of a long past global. It accomplishes every little thing a singular should.”––Neal Pollack
A Dream in Polar Fog is instantly a cross-cultural trip, an ethnographic chronicle of the Chukchi humans, and a politically and emotionally charged Arctic experience story.
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Toko, awakened by the moan, rushed to John’s side and helped him back to his bed. 46 The sleepers began shifting around. A woman slid out from underneath a deerskin coverlet and, miraculously finding a space among the tangled multitude of bare limbs and bodies, began to make a fire. Lying still had lessened the pain somewhat, and John stared curiously at this savage daughter of Prometheus, who, in the murk of the inner chamber, was twirling a stick with remarkable dexterity. The end of the little stick was slotted into an indentation in the middle of a wide board.
He could chew through metal, much less bone,” added Armol’. John stopped chewing. The humiliation of it, his helplessness and sense of injury, drove away his appetite. Orvo had understood him and quietly said to his fellows: “You could stand back a little. Haven’t you ever seen a person eat? ” “Yes! ” Orvo nodded vigorously and continued in the Chukchi tongue: “Now we can keep going. We have to make the mountain spine by nightfall. ” John suddenly felt unbearably thirsty. The dry, cold food hadn’t left him a drop of saliva, and his tongue was thick and parched in his mouth.
In such a wind, the sea could be clear all the way to the American shore . . Shame about your insulting Kelena yesterday . . She did all that she could. And even more than that. You’ve still got two fingers on your left hand, and on the right – half the little finger, and a bit of the middle one. You’re not a total cripple . ” 62 Getting dressed with Toko’s help, John walked out of the polog. His breath caught in the frost, and he had to squint against the blinding whiteness – despite there being no sun, but rather only a milky-white stripe spilling over the jagged horizon, the sign of a polar day in winter.