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Scene: Western Alaska Inupiaq village, 1970s
Leif, a draft-dodging biologist comes north to study the effects of oil spills on tundra and to search for a disappearing species of goose. He strives to understand the culture of the Inupiaq village he is camped near, and is intrigued by a young woman, Gretchen, who is a self-described outsider in the village. His efforts to be friendly are rejected by her at first--she is more interested in her study of shamanism, she pretends--but soon their dialogs become a major interest to both as they trade ideas about what is taking place in the Arctic. The thought of the coming changes, both climatic and cultural, and the frustrations of understanding his lover torture "the birdman" as Leif comes to love the place and the people. Woven in with their troubled love story is the life of the traditional village, Gretchen’s family, and her pursuit of shamanism. All is interrupted by the seasonal arrival of white trophy hunters, and the outcome is tragic.
Original title: Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction