"Margaret Murie has taken on thirty-three characters, the history of a remarkable people, birds, waves, winds and blizzards, and has turned out a beautiful book infused with her own love of wild Alaska."—Western American Literature
Island Between starts with a picture of pure Eskimo life untouched by any other civilization and moves to the changes that occur as contact with other peoples intensifies. While the book is an outgrowth of Mrs. Murie's careful research and fine writing, the volume equally is one more product of her untiring efforts to contribute significantly to mankind's understanding and appreciation of his complex and fragile environment
Few Americans possess the same degree of both knowledge and affection as did Margaret E. Murie for Alaska, its peoples and the other living creatures which inhabit the land, the air, the streams and lakes and neighboring seas. Best known for her conservation efforts, Margaret Murie was also a careful researcher and an exquisite storyteller. She had a lifelong interest in the peoples of the North. Murie grew up in interior Alaska and became the first female graduate of the University of Alaska.