At the age of 23, new bride Deanne Burch accompanied her husband, Ernest “Tiger” Burch, to the Inuit village of Kivalina, Alaska, a barrier island 83 miles above the Arctic Circle. Tiger was conducting a study of the natives, but Deanne, a naïve city girl, was completely unprepared for what she was about to experience. Tiger would say that what happened to them was bad luck. Deanne calls it destiny.
In Journey Through Fire and Ice: Shattered Dreams Above the Arctic Circle, Deanne recounts in vivid detail her unforgettable story of the months spent in a remote Inuit (Inupiaq) village.
I think when something happens — the tragedy that happened to us in Alaska — you always live on the edge of it. You never forget what really happened, Deanne said in a recent interview.
Click below to hear her captivating podcast interview with Tom Sumner.