The Itchy Little Musk Ox (Paperback)
Alaska Northwest Books, 9780882406145, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
The patience of a little musk-ox is sorely tried when he suffers an itch that he can't scratch. There's not a tree in sight -- nothing to rub against for relief -- so he wanders away from the herd looking for a branch, a rock pile, anything. On his journey, he meets with three individuals: a buffalo, a wolf, and a Native woman. Through his interaction with each one, he learns something new and affirming about himself before returning to the herd. Endnotes include information about how musk-ox were native to Alaska until they were decimated by hunters in 1865, then reintroduced in the early 1930s; biological/behavioral details about the animals; and info about the cottage industry among Native villages in which women knit the qiviut (KIV-ee-oot), the rare underwool, into beautiful, warm garments.