Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael EngelhardIce Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

byMichael Engelhard

Paperback | October 28, 2016

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Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the magic of wildness: it is both genuinely itself and a screen for our imagination.

Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature?and about ourselves?hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.

Michael Engelhard works as a wilderness guide in Arctic Alaska and holds an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His books include Where the Rain Children Sleep: A Sacred Geography of the Colorado Plateau, the anthology Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North, and a recent essay collection, Am...
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Title:Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic IconFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:October 28, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295999225

ISBN - 13:9780295999227

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPolar Bear?Human Time Line Map: Territories of Northern Peoples and Polar Bear Range

1. A Beast for the Ages2. The Life and Death of a Superstar 3. The Bear as Early Commodity 4. Object of Scientific Curiosity 5. From White Terror to Trophy of Modernity 6. Zoo Bear and Circus Bear7. Honored Guest and Ten-Legged Menace 8. A Taste of the Wild 9. The Transformative Bear10. Helper and Protector 11. Lover, Super-Male, Mate 12. Archetype, Role Model, Eco Ambassador 13. Another Seaside Attraction

Notes Associations and Websites Selected Bibliography Index

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Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the magic of wildness: it is both genuinely itself and a screen for our imagination.Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature?and about ourselves?hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.A great book about the greatest and most formidable of polar predators. - Richard Ellis, author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear