To the 21st-century Shmooper, the Island of the Blue Dolphins might seem like a pretty strange place. The island people practice traditions and customs that we just don't follow today. But, hey, Karana struggles with understanding these traditions and customs too. When her people leave the island, will she still follow the customs and traditions of her people, some of which are outdated, while others are just plain destructive? What is the new order she'll follow? Is she starting from square one? How will her past affect her future?
In order to make progress, we must break with tradition.
Traditions and customs are important to our understanding of the past, present, and future.