"Bloodflowers" by W.D. Valgardson - Personal Response

Essay by SweetFrustrationHigh School, 11th grade December 2006

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For the past seven years, my mom has been working as a nurse practitioner in Nunavut, traveling back and forth to many different small and isolated communities. In the year 2001, I was able to experience what she witnesses on almost a daily basis when I went to live in one of these remote communities for a month.

Many of the Inuit people that live in isolated northern communities, such as the one I visited, don't follow the laws of society or the social laws of the world, but rather develop their own society. They live their lives by the land and what it holds. If there are caribou, then they hunt caribou. If whales come in, they go whale hunting. To them, time is meaningless. There's no discipline and they do as they please because they know that they will never leave the community. Communities in a province like Nunavut are very similar to the island in the short story "Bloodflowers."

Since I've had the opportunity to experience the life of one who lives in an extremely deserted area, where there's not much else apart from the land on which they live and the few inhabitants around them, I'm able to easily relate to the island and the villagers that settled there.

An example of how a society lives by their own rules is a story my mom told me about a small community in the Arctic Circle. There was a known pedophile who was charged on a couple occasions, but was never found guilty in the courts. The community in which he lived was upset by this matter and decided to take justice into their own hands. One night when the man was sleeping, his home was torched and he died in the fire. When the case...