Eagle Blue by Michael D'Orso
A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska

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Eagle Blue follows the Fort Yukon 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 in pursuit of their-and their village's-dream.

About Michael D'Orso

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Michael D'Orso is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Plundering Paradise," "Like Judgment Day, Like No Other Time" (with Tom Daschle), and "Walking with the Wind" (with John Lewis).
Published December 13, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 338 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The overwhelming majority of Fort Yukon’s residents, players and fans included, are Gwich’in tribal natives, a subset of the Athabascan Indians (not the ethnically disparate Eskimo peoples) who populated Alaska’s interior long before the U.S. laid out a bargain-basement $7.2 million for its real ...

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Eight miles above the Arctic Circle, there's a village with no roads leading to it, but a high school basketball tradition that lights up winter's darkness and a team of native Alaskan boys who know "no quit."

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In this rich and often poignant look at an Alaskan bush village and its beloved high school basketball team, D'Orso trains a reporter's eye on Fort Yukon and the Athabascan Gwich'in natives struggling to survive on the brutal, frigid fringe of American culture.

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