Life in the Village: Chapter 7

Modern rendering of the Peor es Nada, the schooner that took native islanders from San Nicolas Island to the mainland in 1835. Illustration by Elizabeth Chapin.
Modern rendering of the Peor es Nada, the schooner that took native islanders from San Nicolas Island to the mainland in 1835. Illustration by Elizabeth Chapin.

Karana and the women of the village pack their baskets with tools and other items. The two-masted sailing vessel is anchored outside the entrance to the cove. Four men are waiting with two rowboats to take the women to the ship, which the village men have already boarded. After a rough ride on the rowboats, the women climb up onto the ship.

Karana looks for her brother, Ramo, but he is nowhere to be found. Ramo is then spotted on the cliff. He had returned to the village for his hunting spear.

The ship moves away from the cove because the fierce winds of the storm are increasing. Although Karana begs for the ship to return to the island for Ramo, she is told that it is too dangerous. The ship will come back for Ramo on another day.

Despite the danger, Karana jumps overboard and swims through the stormy waters to the shore where Ramo is waiting.

Last updated: June 24, 2018