“It all started when the oil company came to town,” says local oilrig worker, Tuar. “At first, I was just glad to have a job in this economy, but then I realized how much damage they were doing to the beautiful land that I grew up in. Now our village Shaman, my uncle Ikkuma, is sick and I think it has something to do with the drilling. I’m not sure if he’ll even live to see Christmas.”
General Store Manager Mikael is concerned about the future of his Christmas tree sales.
“We have a pretty good shipment this year, and a long list of customers, but with the beetles chomping up millions of trees in Alaska because of the unseasonably warm weather, I’m concerned that the shipments will diminish in years to come. Imagine Christmas without trees to decorate and to put presents underneath!”
The problems in Akilineq don’t end there. Reports of drilling malfunction are trickling down to the States, which are nothing short of alarming: smoke rising from beneath the ice, stones getting lodged in the machines, and new oil well sites planned on top of a volcano.
“My brother and I found the stones,” says Tuar. “As crazy as it sounds, our people believe that we may have been cursed because of them. The good news is that they actually might lead us to someone that can help get this whole thing fixed and save our town.”
Locals are placing their hope in the hands of two young, half-Inuit siblings, Nika and Polik, who apparently have taken matters into their own hands by embarking on a journey, steeped in Inuit culture, to bring the stones back to their rightful owner and get rid of the curse that is wreaking havoc on a once peaceful community.
“The kids in the village talk about Santa Claus living somewhere close by, so, you know, they’re worried that his home is getting ruined, too.” Mikael says.
But can two children fight climate change to save Christmas and their Inuit village?
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