Surviving on the Island: Chapter 18

Wildflowers along the coast.
Spring on San Nicolas Island. Courtesy of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Colorful wildflowers bloom after the winter rains and many birds appear on the island. Karana takes two young birds that hatched in a nest near her home and keeps them in a cage made of reeds. She trains the birds to take food from her hand. She calls them Tainor and Lurai.

During the time that Karana tames the birds, she also makes a yucca twine skirt for herself along with a sealskin belt and sealskin sandals.

Last updated: December 11, 2018