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An   Inupiaq   Story

Sivulliq: Ancestor

Debut Novel by Lily H. Tuzroyluke, Indigenous Writer

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In the spring of 1893, arctic Alaska is devastated by smallpox. Kayaliruk knows it is time to light the funeral pyres and leave their home. With her surviving children, she packs their dog sled and they set off to find family.

 

 

Kayaliruk wakes with a bleeding scalp and no memory of the last day. Her daughter was stolen by Yankee whalers, her sons say. They begin chasing the ship, through arctic storms, across immeasurable distances, slipping into the Yankee whalers' town on Herschel Island, and to the enemy shores of Siberia.

 

 

Ibai, an African American whaler, grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts among the long-standing whaling industry. This is his first whaling expedition. He learned the names of the whaling ships, counted their barrels, whalebone, and baleen, memorized stories of seafaring heroes overcoming great odds, while his father crafted harpoons for captains. In anguish, he learns whaling ships will obtain oil at any cost. The lives of Kayaliruk and Ibai become intertwined on this journey, both witnessing colonial horrors upon their Peoples.

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Read the Reviews

Don Rearden, Alaskan Author

"This is my favorite book of the year! Lily Tuzroyluke's debut novel Sivulliq is an instant Alaska classic. Gripping and raw, honest, and gut wrenchingly beautiful, this profound and heartbreaking story of resilience and love is as important as any modern tale ever told in the north. Sivulliq is unforgettable and haunting-a bold new work from a gifted writer sharing her talent and vital indigenous knowledge that can help us all become better human beings."

-Don Rearden, author of The Raven's Gift

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Publisher's Weekly

Indigenous writer Tuzroyluke's stirring debut evokes the beauty of the Arctic and sheds light on a dark corner of U.S. history. In the spring of 1893, a smallpox epidemic devastates Indigenous communities along the north shore of Alaska. After lighting a funeral pyre for the bodies of her husband and immediate family, Kayaliruk heads north in a dog sled with her three children to find other survivors. Along the way, they suffer a violent encounter with Naluagmiut (white men), who kidnap her only daughter. Badly injured and near starvation, Kayaliruk is determined to save her daughter and follows the men's American whaling ship with her two sons, first to Herschel Island, an outpost in the Beaufort Sea, then to Siberia. The story of Kayaliruk's journey alternates with that of Ibai, a Black whaler from Massachusetts, whose fate will eventually merge with Kayaliruk's. Tuzroyluke explores a chapter of American expansion rarely included in history books, illuminating both the rich cultural diversity predating U.S. colonialism in the Arctic and the sordid legacy of whalers who overhunted and spread diseases. The ice is as omnipresent a character as either protagonist: "unpredictable, feared and a living creature" that can shift, crack, and overwhelm. Tuzroyluke's beautiful novel crackles with a fierce love of her people and their land.

EVENTS

Lily Tuzroyluke is an indigenous writer from Alaska and Canada. She is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and previously served in Tribal Government. Lily now resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

About the Author

To Contact:

lily@tuzroyluke.com

lilyh.tuzroyluke@gmail.com

Epicenter Press

www.epicenterpress.com

For Bookstore Orders, contact Karen Sobolesky at Storter & Sobolesky at (907)522-3344 or by email at Karen.sobolesky@storter.com

Please allow three weeks for shipment & delivery

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