Dancing at the Odinochka
Erinia is always busy -- learning to make fur clothing, emptying buckets of snow into water barrels, helping Mamma, gathering spruce boughs to make fish traps, and grinding paint for a new canoe. It seems that Erinia works all the time. So she can hardly wait for visitors -- the company men who bring stock for trading, or the Indians who come to fish or sell furs. When visitors come, Erinia and the others are delighted to listen to old stories and music, and everyone dances at the odinochka.
Life has a good sameness that Erinia counts on...until the day when American Western Union Telegraph men arrive. Sent up north to build a telegraph line, the men bring news of the outside world, new inventions, and customs unfamiliar to Erinia's people. Everyone at the odinochka listens to the Americans' stories, learns their funny songs, and dances the waltz that the telegraph men teach them.
But as suddenly as they've come, the telegraph men leave -- their telegraph line abandoned -- and Erinia is bereft. Word comes that the United States has purchased Russian America from Russia; Erinia and her people have become American Alaskans. Their lives will never be the same, as they struggle to find their place in this American world that doesn't care about the old ways. Will there ever again be dancing at their odinochka?
Inspired by a five-page memoir written in 1936 by the real Erinia Pavaloff, a relative of the author's stepfather, Dancing at the Odinochka is a stunning story of family, culture, and hope that will leave no reader untouched.
Level 5.5, 8 Points
|Grouped Work ID||a2f05b05-ad90-4db2-5e86-58ae18bdcdb6|
|Grouping Title||dancing at the odinochka|
|Grouping Author||hill kirkpatrick|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-02-21 11:16:05AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-02-21 11:18:41AM|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Kids Fiction|
|display_description||In the 1860s, Erinia Pavaloff's life at a trading post in Russian America gets more complicated when the region is annexed to the United States and members of the small community become American Alaskans. Author's note identifies the historical basis for the story.|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Alaska -- Annexation to the United States -- Juvenile fiction|
Alaska -- History -- To 1867 -- Juvenile fiction
|title_display||Dancing at the Odinochka|
|title_full||Dancing at the Odinochka / Kirkpatrick Hill|
|title_short||Dancing at the Odinochka|