Aleutian Sparrow




In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbour, the Japanese Navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands. Within days of the first attack, the entire native population living west of Unimak Island was gathered up and evacuated to relocation centres in the dense forests of Alaska's Southeast. With resilience, compassion, and humour, the Aleuts responded to the sorrows of upheaval and dislocation. This is the story of Vera, a young Aleut caught up in the turmoil of war. It chronicles her struggles to survive and to keep community and heritage intact despite harsh conditions in an alien environment. In early June 1942, the jap’s attacked the North American continent, bombing the Unalaska islands, about midway along Alaska’s Aleutian. In the days the Aleutian Islands were destroyed. The Americans moved the Aleut residents to the unimask islands. The Aleutian people were not taken care of, and discriminated, but many died. Why is this story so strong? What keeps this girl going, this book manages to keep going, with every page, something new happens. Even though each page literally only has like an average of four sentences.The story involves all people and places. The social situations and social issues involve prejudice, racism, and discrimination throughout 1939 to 1945. The idea that she just lives through all this depression, and death, and sickness. Everything that she has to live throught brongs down the entire story line.

Why is this story so strong? What keeps this girl going, this book manages to keep going, with every page, something new happens. Even though each page literally only has like an average of four sentences. The thing is with this book is that even though it’s a great book, there’s no climax, it just explains everything so quick, and nothing is specific. Religion and family keeps the girls faith going, the fact that the Americans are keeping them from the things they do, to live in a complete alien environment. In the days the Aleutian island were destroyed. The Americans moved the Aleut residents to the unimask islands. The Aleutian people were not taken core of, and discriminated. Many died of tuberculosis, whooping cough, measles, mumps, and pneumonia. Their immune system was not used to these diseases. For 3 years the Aleut people were discriminated, and indirectly killed by diseases, and by the time they got back to the kashega island, which is their home, everything was destroyed, looted, and all animals killed. The Americans did little to help. These people never got so save or keep anything, their life just sucked so badly, nothing went right for them, everything turn from bad to worse.


Their environment completely destroyed. So by the people trying and trying, they did it all for nothing, most of them died, and only a hand full moved back, the rest stayed in the town, and lived by the Americans laws. The Aleut people had to live in a very harsh environment. The Aleut people never got to live in a fixed home, where often mistreated, and discriminated.
The theme is probably more depression is anything, family and religion keep the Aleut people going. Vera, a young Aleut girl who lives with an elderly couple on a larger island so that she can attend school, returns home for the summer of 1942 to visit her mother and friends. But when the Japanese launch an air attack on the Aleutian Islands, the U.S. government reacts by evacuating most of the Aleut population. Vera and her village are forced to leave their small island of Kashega and spend the rest of the war in internment camps, facing sickness, suffer, and death. The more death, the less people there are to help, that just means more and more people will die.

Many died of tuberculosis, whooping cough, measles, mumps, pneumonia, and pain. This is because of the low immune system was not used to the kind of environment they lived in. for 3 years the Aleut people were poor, discriminated and indirectly killed. And by the time they came back to Keshena island, which was their homeland, everything was destroyed animals killed, homes raided, everything burned to the ground. And the Americans did little to help them in the new alien environment, and/or to help them clean and fix the old one. This story is real, and the girl named Vera tells it. But with such a short book, it has no climax, rising action, or falling action, which makes it incredibly hard to write about or under stand. But with every page it does let you to take your imagination and put it to good use, since it has no really descriptive paragraphs, you start to imagine how everything looks, letting you go a little overboard. So why not let yourself go and just try to under stand it. This book is more of a diary, a lesser version of Anne frank if you will. She writes about everything, almost as if she was involved in everything.

The idea of this book is to show you how much racism and prejudice there is in the world, to let you know how people really felt during these times, how bad it must have bin. Could you really live like this? If yes how do you think you would live with no television, no ipods, radios, or a comfortable if you could couldn't, could you give it a second thought? Do you believe they actually went through all this, could you really live through all your family and friends dying? Coming back home to find there is no home? I personally think no, I couldn’t lie through this, who would want to live trough this is a good question. But they did make the best of what they had. Finding things to do, finding money, and living through death. The sicknesses they lived through. So then think about it.