|Number of Pages||:||321 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Eskimo Year Reviews
In this book published in 1934, George Sutton describes his year (1931) spent living with the Aivilikmiut indigenous peoples (Eskimos) of Southhampton Island on Hudson Bay. In a disclaimer, he writes that it is not an ethnological treatise nor a dissertation. However, it is an honest description of hunting, living, celebrating, and suffering. He survives some harrowing experiences. At times the writing is very poetic, as in his description of the outer edge of the winter ice sheet on the shore line called the sheenah: "The sheenah has a frigid beauty all its own. Here there is the same thin brilliance of sun and pallor of sky that are the winter's tundra's; here the same jade and azure that are the moon-steeped, shadow-struck whiteness of snow. But here rose-colored spires and pillars and minarets of ice move slowly in and out with the tides." The author, a naturalist gathering bird and animal examples, is honest and clear, sharing his life with a culture new to him. His ventures into the Arctic wilderness are often courageous and exciting. The descriptions of eating are memorable, though not often appetizing to most. We meet his new friends at happy and sad times. Making this in some ways even more valuable, we still lack full knowledge of the island today according to the Nunavut government. The Inuit people he lived with also met other nations of Inuit with different customs. For instance, he visits the frozen remnants of a village of Sadlermiut, who had become ethnically and culturally extinct in 1903. Filled with a keen eye for sensory detail, this is a read you will remember. My 1934 discarded library copy has illustrations and photographs, desirable additions to the text.