Over time, Karana makes a life for herself. She builds a home made of whale bones and stocks a cave with provisions in case the Aleuts come back, so she can hide from them. As she explores her island, Karana discovers ancient artifacts and a large octopus (which she calls a devilfish).
She decides that killing for survival is the only option, and she even chooses not to kill the very dog who killed her brother.
The protagonist and narrator of the book, Karana spends eighteen years as the only living person on the island of the blue dolphins. When the book opens, she is twelve years old, the daughter of the chief of Ghalas-at. Resourceful and resilient, she survives on her own after her tribe deserts Ghalas-at.
Karana decides to spend some of her time during the winter making a special type of spear she has seen people of her tribe use to catch devilfish. Karana happily stores her canoe for the winter thinking of the spring when she can bring it back to the cave.
Surprised at this feeling, since only a few days earlier she had decided she could not bear to live on Ghalas-at any more, Karana knows that she will stay on the island until a ship takes her away. Because she must wait until that day, Karana decides that she must build a house and a place to store food.
Karana’s secret name When Chowig is killed, many of the villagers, Karana included, believe he died because he revealed his secret name to Captain Orlov.
She sneaks up behind the bull and readies her bow, but the sea elephant gets up and heads toward on of the cows belonging to another bull. As the two sea elephants fight on the shore, Karana, attempting to move out of their way, injures her leg.
Karana, only 12 years old at the book’s beginning, turns out to be adept at hunting, building and tool-making, and quickly becomes a strong, capable young woman surviving in an unforgiving wilderness.
The Karan or Karana is a writer caste found in the state of Odisha in India. Traditionally they were the official record-keepers in the royal courts of the Odia princely states historically (Orissa Tributary States).
Forgive enemies Karana displayed an ability to forgive her enemies. She showed this when she made friends with Rontu, the former leader of the wild dogs who had killed Ramo, her brother.
Alone on an island for 18 years. Island of the Blue Dolphins is a work of historical fiction based on the life of an American Indian woman who spent 18 years in isolation on San Nicolas Island, one of eight Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. In the book she’s named Karana.
Karana accepts the black stone necklace that Tutok leaves for her. Karana makes an abalone disk circlet for Tutok’s hair. She misses Tutok when the Aleut girl leaves the island with the hunting group.
Living alone on Ghalas-at tests her resilience, and as the story progresses, Karana grows through her experiences into harmony with herself and the world around her. When the wild dogs kill Ramo, Karana swears to herself that one day she will kill them all.
A boat is sent to take the tribe to the mainland, but Ramo misses the boat because he goes back to the village to get his fishing spear. As a result, Karana jumps off the boat to stay with him.
After a few days of rain, she begins collecting poles for a fence to keep out the foxes, who happen to be pretty clever thieves.
Because Karana’s people live on an island, she frequently eats seafood. Karana eats abalones and other shellfish, roots, and fish (including white