Ancient People of the Arctic

Ancient People of the Arctic

by Robert McGhee
     
 

Ancient People of the Arctic traces the lives of the Palaeo Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic. Four thousand years ago, these people entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. From the hints they left behind, accessible only through the fragmented archaeological record,

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Ancient People of the Arctic traces the lives of the Palaeo Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic. Four thousand years ago, these people entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. From the hints they left behind, accessible only through the fragmented archaeological record, Robert McGhee ingeniously reconstructs a picture of this life at the margins. He discusses how the Palaeo-Eskimos spread across the entire Arctic, explains how they dealt with sharp climate changes that drastically altered their environment, offers glimpses into their spiritual practices and world view, and speculates about their eventual demise.

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Four thousand years ago, the Palaeo-Eskimos entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. Archaeologist McGhee reconstructs a picture of this life, discussing how they spread across the entire Arctic, and how they dealt with sharp climate changes. He also offers glimpses into their spiritual practices and world view, and speculates about their eventual demise. Includes many photographs of assorted art objects and tools found at archaeological sites. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774805537
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Canadian Geographic

A vibrant celebration of the artistic and cultural vision of the early peoples... McGhee shows how archeologists are piecing together the dramatic story of the first arctic settlers by excavating camps across the North and tracing their migrations.

Quill & Quire

Makes [the] story of continent—wide migrations, adaptations to harsh environments, and dramatic climate change come alive.... This most enjoyable book tells a tale of epic proportions and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the North and its history.

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