CA Tales Retold

As we begin our study of California History: A Tale Well Told, and our research into how the people who inhabited an area are effected when another group moves in, we read

    Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell. This is the story told from the perspective of Karana, a young girl who is a member of the Ghalas-at tribe. She tells what happened to her tribe and family when the Aluets came to the island to hunt for otters. Please comment on what happened to the tribe and how you think the people of Ghalas-at (especially Karana) felt when they came to her island.

43 thoughts on “CA Tales Retold

  1. What happend to the people of Ghalas-at when the Aluets came?

    When the Aluets came they raided the place, and they started looking for life – and they found some. The Aluets asked if they could hunt for some otters. The chief said yes, if the Aluts gave them somthing in return. They said some necklaces and beads and swords, but the chief still said, “No.”

    Then the Aluets and the Ghalas-ats got in a fight. The chief got shot and died and all his men got in a big fight. Most of the men died too. The Aluts left with all the otters. Then the people were hurt. The women had to do all the work. The people felt devastated and furious. All the people were so mad.

    Week passed, and then months passed, and they saw another boat, but it was not the Aluts; it was a boat of white people. The Ghalas were not going to take any chances. They went into their battle posititions and they were ready. But the white people were good people and they said, “Come with us.” The Ghalas trusted them and got on the boat.

  2. When the Aluets came to their place and ask the Ghalas-at people if they could borrow part of the island. The Ghalas-at people said no. That is when they started a battle. Some people died in that battle. Now they had a new captin. They felt worried when the Aluets made a battle with them. The Aluets, stole the stuff they had and the people of the Ghalas-at felt disappointed. They had nothing left but there is some animals in the ocean.

  3. When the Aluets came,they asked the chief of Ghalas-at if they can use part of the island to hunt for otter. The chief of Ghalas-at made a trade for some otter. They tried to trick the chief and his people , but they got caght. Then they had a battle. Now the people left in Ghalas-at felt devistated and dissapointed because the Aluets killed the chief. The Aluets didn’t share any otter and left the island.

  4. This is what happend when the Aluets came. When the Aluets left, the tribe felt betrayed because the Aluets had promised them the would not have war with them and they would only hunt for otters. In return for the otters, the Aluets were supposed to give them beads and swords. This did not happen. The Aluets killed many of the otters and did not leave many left on the island or in the ocean. Then they had a quick war with the villagers. Karana’s father was killed, as were many other people in the tribe. Because of what the Aluets did, the villagers did not have much of a choice but to leave the island and to go to California.
    I think the villagers felt betrayed and sad by what the Aluets did to them.

  5. The people of Ghalas-at became furious and despressed. Karana’s dad died because of the Aluets. The Aluets killed the otters and ate them on the island. So when the Aluets left, the people of Ghalas-at went to America and Karana and her brother Ramo were left on the island.

  6. In Island of the Blue Dolphins, Karana lived with many other people. Next, everyone was killed,& Karana & Ramo were the only people left. Ramo was claimed chief of Ghalas-at. So,he went hunting for wild dogs. Karana went looking for Ramo,& he was killed by the wild dogs. Karana was the only one left on the island,& one day,Karana was brought to another island,BUT,the island that Karana was taken to a island with alot more people than the island she had been on. The people of Ghalas-at felt very,very mad;angry.

  7. When the Aluets came, they felt depressed. They felt furious because the Aluets took otters away from them. During their battle, a lot of people of the Ghalas-at tribe died because of the Aluets. Also, they were taking advantage of them. The Ghalas-at tribe felt furious when the Aluets took over.

  8. When the Aluets came, they felt depressed. They felt furious because the Aluets took otters away from them. During their battle, a lot of people of the Ghalas-at tribe died because of the Aluets. Also, they were taking advantage of them. The Ghalas-at tribe felt furious when the Aluets took over.

  9. When the Aluets came they wanted otter. The chief of Ghalas-at said no, because the trade had more otter and little treasure. The people of Ghalas-at maybe felt tricked. Then they added more treasure, and the chief said yes. The people of Ghalas-at maybe they felt okay. Then the Aluets started a battle and took the treasure and otter.The people of Ghalas-at maybe felt devastated, and lots of people got killed at the battle. The Aluets went back to Russia.

  10. The ghalas-at tribe felt mad when the chief said”no”we need more.The reason the aluets where mad is becase they did not want to give them more stuff.But the chief said we made a deal if you don’t do it then your disobeying the deal.But then the aluets cheif killed the other cheif.karana and ramo is living alone now.

  11. When the Aluets came to The Island of the Blue Dolphins, a lot of things changed. When the Aluets first came to, the people of Ghalas-at felt scared, terrified, worried, and confused. While the people of Ghalas-at and the Aluets were meeting and talking, the people of Ghalas-at felt like the Aluets were taking advantage of them. At the end, when the Aluets left and killed most of the men, I think all the people that survived felt very, very angry with the Aluets. I wish the Aluets never came to The Islands of the Blue Dolphins.

  12. The aluits killed most of the men because the aluits tricked the tribe Ghalas-at and Kranna’s father. Then the new chief was guiding everyone onto the ship to Mexico and left Romo on the island. Kranna swam back and was stuck on the island with her brother. Then Romo was killed by the wild dogs and Kranna was all alone. Suddenly a wild dog started to be nice and became her pet Ronto. Eventually Ronto died, but not before giving birth to a puppy. Kranna called the puppy Rontou (Jr).

    A couple of years later, some explorers came to see if anyone lived on the island. When they found Kranna, they took her on their ship to Mexico, where the rest of her people were.

  13. When the Aluets came,they asked the chief of Ghalas-at if they can use part of the island to hunt for otter. The chief of Ghalas-at made a trade for some otter. They tried to trick the chief and his people , but they got caught. Then they had a battle. Now the people left in Ghalas-at felt devistated and disapointed because the Aluets killed the chief. The Aluets didn’t share any otter and left the island.

  14. I think the Ghalasat tride felt angrey because the chief of the of thier tribe was killed in the battle with the Aluets.I also thik they felt inraged because they were kind to let the aluets hunt thier sea otter .The Aluets left the people of Ghalasat with more work to do.The men had more hunting and women had more work to do.The Ghalasat tride most likley felt more emotions then i can think of.

  15. In Island of the Blue Dolphins the people of the Ghals-at were happy. When the Aluets came the asked the chief if we could hunt sea otter.The Aluets tricked them and killed the chief.Some of there men tried to stop them but they couldn’t.After the war was over the people of the Ghals-sat tribe were sad when alot of there men died.Then they had a new chief but he was very old.Then chief went to a land at the east side. Karana said, “It has been a long time and he still didnt come back.” Then he came back and told the tribe be to leave this land and travel to the east land. Later, Karana came out and she did live on the island by herself for many years. Then explorers took Karana back to the east land.

  16. The Aluets came to Ghalas-at and kind of took over the land.They made the people sad because they killed most of the men.They made them find a new home and had to get a new chief. They didn’t have much food as they had men. They only had what they needed to survive until they found a new home. They had to leave the island they had lived on for years and years.

  17. The Ghalas-at tribe felt upset,unhappy, and furious when the Aluets killed some of their men. Then,the Aluets chief killed Karana’s father. And the next leader went to CA everyone went but Ramo. Next,Karana went to go get Ramo but when they went back,everyone was gone. Then, the wilds dogs leader became Karana’s pet after Ramo died. Karana named the wild dog Rantou. Couple days later Rantou died and Rontou had baby and Karana named her Rontou-aru. Finilly, the people came back and get Karana.

  18. When the Aluets came, they would trade half the otter they caught for space to hunt. When the Aluets were about to leave (they didn’t pay) the tribe caught them. Sudenly, the leader of the Aluets shot Chief Chowig. Then, a battle that almost all the men died in started. Then, the Aluets left.(How they felt) If I an islander I would be enraged. I would feel enraged because they tricked us. I would also feel lonely because almost all the others were dead.

  19. When they Aluets came here,the Aluets killed the people of Ghalas-at. When the villagers left to try to find a new life, Karana was left behind. The two men came and found her on the island.

  20. The Aluets were mean to the people of Ghalas-at. The Auets wanted to catch the
    otters . Aluets talked to the Native Americans and said No!” And then they started a battle and theAluets got there stuff and otter .The Aluets started a war so chief Chowig died and the people died and Karana and Romo was all alone on the island.

  21. Hello Butler Students,

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed joining your blogging community today. I’m sitting down to start reading Island to the Blue Dolphins so I can participate in your discussions.

    I’m really looking forward to joining you this year as you explore – and question – California history.

    Mrs. Desler

  22. in Island of the Bue Dolphins the aluets came to hunt sea otter.thay said iff youlet us hunt here we will pay you.Then thay tricked them and kill the chief and there men.The tribe was sad and lonley.When the war was over the aluets took over.Then the were furious and vever came back.

  23. @Ger

    What stuff did the Aluets trade with the Ghalas-at people? By the way, your comment was good!

  24. @ Sydney Mah,
    Why did they felt tricked? And why did they want otters for? How did they started a battle? How did the trade had more otter and treasure?

  25. A lot of things happened to the Ghalas-at tribe when the Aluets came. The Aluets took advantage of the Ghalas-at tribe. The Aluets came and started taking sea otters from the oceon. The Aluets also got in a skirmish with the Ghalas-at tribe.The Ghalas-at tribe got really got mad when they came and killed there people.This is what happento the to the Ghalas-at tribe.

  26. What happened to the people of the Galas-at when the Aluets came,
    the aluets came and lied to them by telling them we will give you some
    beeds if you give us some otter skins and they almost left with out giveing
    anything and having a war and the had no choice but to leave to CA

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