In the late 1920s, a young Norwegian barrister made his way by river boat, canoe, and portage to an area north-east of Great Slave Lake. There, in the Canadian Arctic, he lived as a trapper in the company of native and white trappers and hunters. When he first arrived in the North, people in the river communities used to bet on the date of arrival ...
In the late 1920s, a young Norwegian barrister made his way by river boat, canoe, and portage to an area north-east of Great Slave Lake. There, in the Canadian Arctic, he lived as a trapper in the company of native and white trappers and hunters. When he first arrived in the North, people in the river communities used to bet on the date of arrival of the river boats. When he stopped at Fort Resolution on his way out four years later, he found everyone talking excitedly about aviation -- and the bets were on the arrival-time of planes.
Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Green, white and black illustrated cover shows former library book markings inside and out. The reissued tale of the discovery of the oldest validated Viking village in North America, on the northern tip of Newfoundland.
Very Good. No Dj. 8vo. pp. xiii, (2), 332, b/w photographs, "Before renowned Norwegian explorer Ingstad discovered the site of Leif Erickson's North American landfall, he spent the years from 1926 to 1930 living the adventurer's life, trapping fur in the Canadian tundra. This wondrous book, long out of print, transports readers to that time and place. The rhythms that govern life in the North resonate in the reader: the challenge to survive day after day blizzards and weather that never rises above-40, the aches resulting from breaking trails in the tundra, the rejoicing when a migrating herd of caribou--the area's main food source--is finally spotted by a ravenous hunting party and the marvels of nature's variety, from a wolf-howl symphony to the landscape's majesty. If there is any flaw here it is the stereotypes about Indians and Eskimos prevalent at the time. Yet Ingstad's narrative mitigates even these unfortunate characterizations, making them seem naive rather than evil, and adds to the sense that we have lost a pk northland utopia that tested every man fairly and equally and where the only real question was whether the caribou would come."Previous owners inscription on verso of front cover.
Eugene Gay-Tifft (translator) New. 23cm, 360p. A classic account of the last days of the fur trade in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic. First published in Norwegian in 1931, in English translation by Knopf in 1933 and now back in print through McGill-Queens University Press. Ingstad was to become famous for his discovery of the old Norse settlement of Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland in 1961.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. List price Amazon-$95.00. "Originally published in Norwegian in 1931 and first released in English two years later, "The Land of Feast and Famine" is once again available, with its description of youthful adventure and its vivid portrayal of the people and ways of the Northwest Territories in the last days of the fur trading era. " (Publisher)
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