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Life with the Esquimaux

Life with the Esquimaux
The Narrative of Captain Charles Francis Hall of the Whaling Barque George Henry from the 29th May, 1860, to the 13th September, 1862
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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108041409

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  • In 1860, Charles Francis Hall (1821–71), the American polar explorer, embarked on the first of two voyages to the Canadian Arctic region aimed at investigating the fate of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition of 1847. During his time in the Arctic, Hall lived amongst the Inuit community, learning their language and embracing their everyday life. First published in 1864, Hall's recollections remain of great interest to anthropologists, sociologists and geographers. His eye-witness accounts of the indigenous people's dwellings, hunting pursuits, birth and death rites, transportation, interpersonal relationships, and survival strategies in severe weather conditions provide an insight into Inuit culture in the nineteenth century. Volume 1 describes Hall's journey north, arrival at Holsteinborg, the Danish administrative centre in Greenland, and onward voyage to Baffin Island. In Volume 2 he tells of his various journeys around Frobisher Bay, where he discovers artefacts from Martin Frobisher's sixteenth-century mining venture.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108041409
    • length: 714 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Departure
    2. Land and visit the Governor
    3. Visit of Governor Elberg to the ship
    4. Crossing Davis's Straits
    5. Visit by the natives
    6. First visit to Frobisher Bay
    7. Boat incident
    8. Splendid displays of the Aurora
    9. Visit to Esquimaux village
    10. Remarkable echo
    11. Rough travelling overland
    12. Writing under difficulties
    13. Irksome change from a snow house to the ship's cabin
    14. Visit by some Innuits
    15. First excursion in Frobisher Bay
    16. Snow-blindness
    17. A successful deer-hunt. Volume 2:
    1. Journey to the Unknown, or 'Dreaded Land'
    2. An excursion to the whaling depot
    3. The 'George Henry' free from her icy prison
    4. Departure on boat-voyage to explore Frobisher Bay
    5. Chewing old boots
    6. Encampment on Rae's Point
    7. Peale Point
    8. Departure from Greenwood's Land
    9. Land on an island
    10. A storm
    11. Visit to the friendly natives
    12. The anvil
    13. Sick Mam-ma-yat-che-ung immured in a living tomb!
    14. Movements of the ship's company
    15. Commencement of a sledge-journey up Frobisher Bay
    16. Continue the journey up Frobisher Bay
    17. Innuit food
    18. Ebierbing and Tookoolito
    19. Revisit Victoria Bay
    20. The Innuit name

  • Author

    Charles Francis Hall

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