Juana Maria

If you're like me, you probably read Scott O'Dell's 1960 novel,  Island of the Blue Dolphins, when you were in grade school. It's the story of a Karana, a young girl who is stranded for years on an island off the California coast. The story is based on the life of Juana Maria, a Nicoleño Indian left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island in the 19th century. It was believed that she lived in a cave on the island, and just a few months ago, a Naval archeologist believes he found the cave after 20 years of searching. Read more about that here. Go to your local thrift store, pick up a copy and spend a quiet afternoon reading this thing. It's quite the gem. Then come on back to CS and watch the movie after the jump...  

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