Under Polaris: An Arctic Quest

Hardcover | April 27, 1999

byTahoe Talbot Washburn

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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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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 ...

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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 wit...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 27, 1999Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773518665

ISBN - 13:9780773518667

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