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Forgot my password. Tia Wakole, author of the self-published memoir "Starting A Fire: Bringing Light to the Dark," as a child.

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Courtesy Tia Wakole. The more we share our histories, the more others will feel confident to share theirs. The more who know, the harder it gets to keep us quiet. The more who know, the more help we will have to fix this.

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We need to shift the balance in our favor and create a new path for our future generations. Bringing Light to the Dark.

KA Wakole was raised in the Northwest Arctic, spending time at camp and in Kotzebue and occasionally in the outlying villages. While her family eventually moved to the Kenai Peninsula, she, like all Arctic people, have strong ties to her hometown. Breaking that silence and creating a platform for others in her community to Northwesf out and share their stories is what Wakole hopes will come Meet Local women Kotzebue Northwest Arctic AK this book.

In order to start writing it, she quit her job of 14 years and gave herself a year to put words to paper.

But when it was time, it was time. Wakole says it took her less than two weeks to write the entire book. She says in part, wimen decision was spurred by the suicides of several people she knew.

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I thought by 45 I would be past this part and things would be OK. A fisherman and hunter, he was the provider. As children, we learned to keep our mouths shut and do exactly as we were told when we were told. It Meet Local women Kotzebue Northwest Arctic AK never discussed between any of us cousins, but we all knew what would happen if Kotzebuee were left alone with him. Silence is a theme that comes up often, speaking to Wakole about her past.

When talking with others from the region about abuse, not talking is often the focus. She was never explicitly told to be quiet when she was young, she says, she just followed the example of the other girls and women around her. Wakole communicates a lot through what is not said.

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She describes a wife turning her back and walking away, without a word, after seeing her husband molest Wakole through an open door. She talks about looks people give one another, to warn, to intimidate or just to pretend. I always used my sense of humor and smile. Whether he knew it or not, I spent the rest womem my youth avoiding him.

I was moving furniture into my new apartment. He came out of his unit smiling, asking if he could help.

I read his face, searching for any indication of recognition. The book is structured as a path through time. The chapters are sometimes numbers and sometimes titles.

The numbers represent abusers in the order of their appearance in her life. The named chapters often take their inspiration from some key element in the particular story. I was just constantly living in fear just to avoid him and Northweest for him not to recognize that, I got really upset with that.

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Later that evening, I sat quietly on the floor watching Mom and Aana sew. He was down there.

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I sat quietly and stayed, still hoping neither of them would notice I was even there. I kissed and hugged everyone before slowly making my way downstairs. Not only does it make it harder to speak out, she says, it makes it hard to avoid abusers, who often live nearby — if not in the same house.

We see them at the store.

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We see them at family functions. We see them constantly throughout our lives.

As Wakole describes throughout the book, family and friends — often girls or women, best friends, mother and daughter — are sometimes forced to watch each other being abused, often by the same man. Womeen that way, the trauma passes and is shared between people and from generation to generation, she says.

Her mother finds the AAK and confronts her about it, but nothing comes of their conversation. It seems to be a chapter similar to the rest, until the few italicized sentences at the very end.

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It was early evening when I flew back home on a chartered flight. Looking out the window, I saw the yellow tape used to cordon off our house and watched as police worked on the scene down below.

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Before shooting himself, he had shot and killed our mom. Not a day goes by that I Northwwst I had got to him first. Describing the death of her mother, Wakole has to pause.

Her voice cracks.