Eagle Blue

Eagle Blue

A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska

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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the basketball culture of Fort Yukon, Alaska, describes the community's devotion to their championship high-school basketball team and follows the lives of the fourteen team members, their families, and their coach.

McMillan Palgrave
n the tradition of Friday Night Lights, an extraordinary journey into the basketball-crazed culture of remote Arctic Alaska.

The village of Fort Yukon sits eight miles above the Arctic Circle, deep in Alaska's "bush" country. The six hundred men, women and children who live there--almost all of them Athabascan Gwich'in Natives--have little to cheer for. Their traditional Indian ways of life are rapidly vanishing in the face of a modern culture that is closing in on all sides, threatening to destroy their community and their identity. The one source of pride they can count on is their boys' high school basketball team--the Fort Yukon Eagles.

Eagle Blue follows the Eagles, winners of six regional championships in a row, through the course of an entire 28-game season, from their first day of practice in late November to the Alaska State Championship Tournament in March. With insight, frankness, and compassion, Michael D'Orso climbs into the lives of these fourteen boys, their families, and their coach, shadowing them through an Arctic winter of fifty-below-zero temperatures and near-round-the-clock darkness as the Eagles criss-cross Alaska by air, van, and snow machine in pursuit of their--and their village's--dream.


Holtzbrinck
n the tradition of Friday Night Lights, an extraordinary journey into the basketball-crazed culture of remote Arctic Alaska.

The village of Fort Yukon sits eight miles above the Arctic Circle, deep in Alaska’s “bush” country. The six hundred men, women and children who live there—almost all of them Athabascan Gwich’in Natives—have little to cheer for. Their traditional Indian ways of life are rapidly vanishing in the face of a modern culture that is closing in on all sides, threatening to destroy their community and their identity. The one source of pride they can count on is their boys’ high school basketball team—the Fort Yukon Eagles.

Eagle Blue follows the Eagles, winners of six regional championships in a row, through the course of an entire 28-game season, from their first day of practice in late November to the Alaska State Championship Tournament in March. With insight, frankness, and compassion, Michael D’Orso climbs into the lives of these fourteen boys, their families, and their coach, shadowing them through an Arctic winter of fifty-below-zero temperatures and near-round-the-clock darkness as the Eagles criss-cross Alaska by air, van, and snow machine in pursuit of their—and their village’s—dream.


Blackwell North Amer
Set in the remote Arctic recesses of Alaska, the village of Fort Yukon is home to six hundred people. Overwhelmingly populated by Athabascan Gwich'in Natives, Fort Yukon exists almost exclusively in the margins of American culture. The tiny population and vanishing cultural heritage of this town have one powerful link to mainstream America: their high school basketball team.
The Fort Yukon Eagles, winners of six consecutive regional championships, are the pride and joy of their tribe. Each year, from November to March, the Eagles struggle through the Arctic winter's brutal cold and near-continual darkness, in search of a championship and an identity.
Michael D'Orso follows the team from day one, riding with them in planes, vans, and snowmobiles. He sees the lives of each of the players, from their family dinners to their relationship to their devoted coach, capturing it all in compassionate detail. In images and moments, D'Orso illuminates a rich and spirited heritage ignored by the rest of the world.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of the basketball-fanatical culture of the remote Arctic Alaska village of Fort Yukon follows the community's fierce devotion to their championship high-school basketball team, the Fort Yukon Eagles, and the lives of the fourteen team members, their families, and their coach, from the first day of practice to the Alaska State Championship Tournament in March. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2006
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781582346236
1582346232
Branch Call Number: 796.32362 D'Orso 2006
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 18.0 113733

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