This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...When I praised the southern climate he asked me whether it was not always summer there. On my replying yes, he said that undoubtedly white ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...When I praised the southern climate he asked me whether it was not always summer there. On my replying yes, he said that undoubtedly white men might like that sort of climate, but that an Eskimo could not understand that a country could be pleasant where it was always summer. He said that they do look forward to winter changing into spring and spring into summer, but that they rejoice still more when summer changes into fall and winter. After all, you soon get tired of the heat. In winter, he said, a hot house is good, for you can always go out and cool off; but where can you flee to from the heat of summer? Had I been idle and with no interest in the language and customs of the people, I might have found the life at Ovayuak's tedious. But everything that happened was of vivid interest and I continually had my diary out scribbling information about strange customs and making notes of new words. Nothing was more interesting than the way they dealt with the extreme heat of the cooking time in the afternoon. As I have said, the temperature sometimes rose above i00. On coming into the house, we took off all our clothes except knee breeches, so that every one was stripped from the waist up and from the knees down. The children up to the age of six or seven were entirely naked. One of the occupations of the men was to sit for hours with blocks of beautiful white spruce driftwood, whittling them into long shavings resembling excelsior. These shavings were put into great piles in the corners and into bags and boxes. Because of the extreme heat there were streams of perspiration running down the faces and bodies of most of the people, although, of course, the Eskimos differ among themselves, as we do, in the freedom with which they perspire. Those who perspired most...
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Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Softcover; VG+ condition; (shelf b53); light shelfwear; "An outstanding book as the author records his vivid impressions of his expedition to the polar regions among the Eskimos, with whaling exploits, seal hunts, storms, mountain journeys, and much more"; 304p;
Hardback w/o dust jacket, purple cloth with white polar bear on cover, spine sun-faded, covers shows some light soiling, front hinge separation, previous owner inscription front endpaper, couple light brown stains, 301 pages, few b&w photo plates, two b&w fold-out maps in back, overall good condition.
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