Island of the Blue Dolphins

(on chapter 6)

what is the purpose of the journey that Karana's tribe decide to take?
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In Chapter Six, we learn that Kimki has been gone for several months, and the tribe chooses a man named Matasaip to replace him as chief. Matasaip is particularly worried that the Aleuts might return, as they arrived in late spring of the year before. Since the tribe now lacks men to fight, they agree to flee by canoe to the nearby island of Santa Catalina, and stockpile some food in case that happens.