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UNDER POLARIS: AN ARCTIC QUEST Tahoe Talbot Washburn 1999 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Washburn, Tahoe Talbot
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WA, Univ WA Press, 1999, 1st ed. 249 pages, many b/w photos, maps. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine. 

Washburn and her husband lived in the Arctic, living with Inuit families and learning their way of life. The author and her husband first visited the Arctic in 1938. The journals she kept over the next three years form the basis for this book. The Washburns traveled the coastal areas of Victoria and King William Islands by boat and dog team, and flew over them in single engine planes. Their companions included native Inuit, Hudson's Bay Company employees, Canadian government workers, and Catholic and Anglican missionaries. 

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 humor. 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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