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Thanadelthur - Guide in the Wilderness

Thanadelthur - Guide in the Wilderness
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.65

     challenging words:    snares, arctic, copper, loss, supplies, prisoner, staying, escape, peace, fort, dying, tribe, kinds, strict, leaving, kill
     content words:    Bay Company, James Knight, York Factory, William Stuart

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Thanadelthur - Guide in the Wilderness
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     What would it be like to be lost in the arctic? Imagine that you were kidnapped. You have been held prisoner for almost a year. You escape, but now you are starving. You have no weapons, no shelter, or even food. Winter is starting. What would you do?
2     This happened to a girl from the Slave tribe. Her name was Thanadelthur.
3     She was about sixteen when she and some of her people were captured in a raid by another tribe. The Cree and Slave people were at war.
4     Thanadelthur wanted to get home to her own people. She waited for a chance to escape. Finally, she had a chance. She and another girl left together. They had no tents or supplies. They had no chance to take enough food with them.
5     Winter had started. Soon the girls were very hungry. They made snares and caught some small animals for food. It was not enough. They were slowly starving to death.
6     Then, Thanadelthur's friend died, leaving her all alone. She might have died, too, but she was rescued. A hunting party from the Hudson's Bay Company fort found her. They gave her food and took her home with them.
7     When she began to get better, she talked with James Knight. He was the governor of York Factory, the fort where she was staying. He was very interested in what she had to say.
8     Thanadelthur told him about her people. They had a land rich with furs and even had gold and copper to mine. She told him that her people had no guns. They could not come to the fort because the Cree would kill them. The Cree traded furs for guns, but the Slave people could not.
9     James Knight liked to listen to Thanadelthur. He decided to get a group of men together. Perhaps peace could be made between the tribes. If there was peace there would be more furs to trade.

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