"Fatty Legs" by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"In late May, when the sun stood constant watch in the sky and night traversed it only briefly like the shadow of a passing bird's wing, I found my father preparing the hides of animals he had collected from his trapline." (pg. 10)

Based upon the context clues, the word "traversed" means something that crosses, passed, and traveled.

Figurative Language Note: There is a simile in this sentence, "night traversed it only briefly like the shadow of a passing bird's wing."

The ant is crossing the grass.

"They do not teach you how to make parkas and kamik," he said, eyeing the beautifully crafted Delta braid on my parka and the embroidered, fur-lined boots on my feet. "They make you wear their scratchy outsiders' clothes, which keep out neither the mosquitoes nor the cold." (pg. 11)

Based upon the context clues, the word "scratchy" means likely to irritate, or itchy.

"They do not teach you how to make parkas and kamik," he said, eyeing the beautifully crafted Delta braid on my parka and the embroidered, fur-lined boots on my feet." (pg. 11)

Based upon the context clues, the word "kamik" means boot effective in the snow.

"And how could I ever forget our songs and our dances? They were part of me. But I had once heard the outsiders' beautiful chants resonating from the church in Tuktoyaktuk, and I dreamed of learning to make such music." (pg. 11)

Based on the context clues, the word "resonating" means to echo or to produce a large sound.

"Soon all of us-my father and the other hunters and trappers, along with their families- would leave our winter home on Banks Island to carry boatloads of pelts to Aklavik." ........"I huffed in heavy breaths, darting through the small groups of men who were loading the schooners for the journey." (pgs. 12 and 13)

Based upon the context clues, the word "schooners" means a large boat with more than one mast.

"You are a clever one," he said, touching my cheek and then looking down at the book in my hand. "does that mean I can go?" My hope blossomed, billowing beneath my parka.

Based upon the context clues, the word "billowing" means to swell out.

"Beyond Tuktoyaktuk, the pingos rose out of the ocean like goose eggs with smashed-in tops." (pg. 17)

Based upon the context clues, the word "pingos" means small hills of ice.

"As we left the store, I noticed a member of the RCMP relaxing on a chair near the entrance. The Mountie was reading from one of the many richly colored books that crammed a tall column of shelves." (pg. 20)

Based upon the context clues, the word "Mountie" means a canadian police officer.

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