Walking on the Land

Walking on the Land

Book - 2001 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Random House, Inc.
Using one of his own trips through the Eastern Arctic as a starting point, Farley Mowat interweaves the stories of the Barren Ground Inuit with stunning, lyrical descriptions of the Northern landscape.

With great beauty and terrible anguish, Mowat traces the history of the Inuit, revealing how the arrival of the Kablunait — white man — in the early part of the century and the subsequent obliteration of the caribou herds combined to unleash a series of famines and epidemics that virtually wiped out the Barren Ground Inuit population.

Full of larger-than-life characters — old-time Hudson's Bay company men, eccentric priests, wild bush pilots and well-meaning interlopers — Walking on the Land is an unforgettable account by one of Canada's most committed and impassioned voices.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the history of a people interwoven with personal stories and descriptions of the world in which they lived as commentary on the injustices suffered by the Inuit of Nunavut at the hands of an uninterested faraway government.

Book News
Mowat has written several books on the Ihalmuit people of Canada and their struggles with a distant government. This volume continues his work with a series of transcribed interviews Farley made with Ihalmuit people, many of whom lived through the catastrophic relocation of the eastern Arctic between 1939 and 1963. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The author revisits the Arctic in search of Ihalmuit, a group of Inuit indians who were nearly wiped out by famine and disease after their contact with whites. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, c2001.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781586420246
1586420240
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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paulbarthol
Mar 17, 2017

The lesson I took away from this story is: do not entrust your survival (or that of your community) to outside corporations, institutions, or government agencies.

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