Under Polaris: An Arctic Quest

by Tahoe Talbot Washburn

McGill-Queen's University Press | April 27, 1999 | Hardcover

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Washburn made a concerted effort to learn the survival skills of the Inuit women and to understand their lives. The process of making caribou skin clothing for herself and her husband is described with great clarity and humour. Though not sharing their language, she sat with the women while they worked, quietly imitating their actions as they scraped and softened the skins and sewed the pieces with skilled hands. She tells of their patience and gentle amusement as they helped her, their curiosity about her way of life, and their generosity in sharing meager resources.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 27, 1999

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0773518665

ISBN - 13: 9780773518667

Found in: Biography and Memoir, Polar Regions

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Under Polaris: An Arctic Quest

Under Polaris: An Arctic Quest

by Tahoe Talbot Washburn

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 27, 1999

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0773518665

ISBN - 13: 9780773518667

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Washburn made a concerted effort to learn the survival skills of the Inuit women and to understand their lives. The process of making caribou skin clothing for herself and her husband is described with great clarity and humour. Though not sharing their language, she sat with the women while they worked, quietly imitating their actions as they scraped and softened the skins and sewed the pieces with skilled hands. She tells of their patience and gentle amusement as they helped her, their curiosity about her way of life, and their generosity in sharing meager resources.

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From Our Editors

This remarkable story tells us about the journey a woman and her husband took deep into the Arctic in 1938. Through the intimate and revealing journals she kept, we hear how Tahoe Washburn and her husband travelled by dog team, fished and hunted for food and met the people who live on this freezing land. Under Polaris is a heartwarming tale of learning to understand the rituals and history behind Inuit life.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful, concise account of a woman learning to cope with the difficulties of Arctic life at the precise moment when the old Arctic of dog teams and isolation was about to change forever because of the outbreak of World War II." John Bockstoce, author of Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic. "Washburn's descriptions are especially insightful because she was an eager participant in all of the activities of Inuit daily life, and determined to learn how to do the many tasks relegated to women." Dorothy Jean Ray, author of The Legacy of Arctic Art.