Last Light Breaking: Living Among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos

Last Light Breaking: Living Among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos

by Nick Jans
     
 

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From his home in remote Eskimo Village, Nick Jans leads us into a vast, magical world: Alaska's Brooks Range. Drawn from fourteen years of arctic experience, The Last Light Breaking offers a rare perspective on America's last great wilderness and its people--the Inupiat Natives, an ancient culture on the cusp of change.

Making a poignant connection between

Overview

From his home in remote Eskimo Village, Nick Jans leads us into a vast, magical world: Alaska's Brooks Range. Drawn from fourteen years of arctic experience, The Last Light Breaking offers a rare perspective on America's last great wilderness and its people--the Inupiat Natives, an ancient culture on the cusp of change.

Making a poignant connection between the world he describes and the world of the Inupiat once knew, Nick Jans invokes with stunning power, the life of the Eskimos in the harsh arctic and the mystical aura of the wilderness of the far North.

With the eye of an outdoorsman and the heart of a poet, Jans weaves together these 23 essays with strands of native American narrative, making vivid a place where wolves and grizzlies still roam free, hunters follow the caribou, and old women cast their nets in the dust as they have for countless generations. But looming on the horizon is the world of roads and modern technology; the future has already arrived in the form of stop signs, computers, and satellite dishes. Jans creates unforgettable images of a proud people facing an uncertain future, and of his own journey through this haunting timeless landscape.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Last Light Breaking by Nick Jans
A Phenomenal Work of Literary Artistry

I’ve read a number of books artfully crafted by Nick Jans – The Grizzly Maze and A Wolf Called Romeo – to name two of my favorites.

I recently had the opportunity to read Nick’s first book, The Last Light Breaking. I savored this journey into the lives of the Inupiat people of Ambler, Alaska – a people who, according to Jans, 'move within the eddying currents of time, space and light – where the laws of physics seem to float freely, compressing and expanding, refusing logic.'

This book is an anthropological treasure. Yet – it’s much, much more than that. For the naturalist, the outdoors person, wildlife biologist – and those who simply enjoy a damn fine artist (Jans) and the tales of his time in a place that most will never journey remotely close too – It’s a fantastic read!

The characters, creatures, culture and challenges of living in a remote village like Ambler provide a wide and diverse audience with every element essential to invigorating the readers interest – and a yearning to return to the volume to continue enjoying Jans literary artistry.

Buy it. Savor it. Learn. Listen. Prepare to perceive the world around you in a unique and precious way."

—BillDahl.net

“A fresh wonderful new voice, all the more alive against the grave and ancient background of Inupiat tradition, wildlife, and the waiting landscape.  I much admire The Last Light Breaking.”

        --- Peter Matthiessen, author of  The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882404585
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
846,394
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)

Read an Excerpt

Willard Outwater leans into his binoculars, pointing across the Kobuk River toward a distant shimmer of movement. Everyone turns, suddenly attentive.

“Bulls?” asks Clarence Wood, shading his eyes. Willard relaxes and smiles. “Just small ones,” he says.  We lean back; there’s a fresh pot of coffee, a crystalline August afternoon, and no hurry. Soon it will be time to eat. The aroma of caribou soup and roasting ribs wafts through camp.

Meet the Author


Nick Jans' first two books, The Last Light Breaking and A Place Beyond, have received critical and popular acclaim. He has lived in and taught school in the Alaskan bush for almost 20 years. He and his wife reside in Juneau and Ambler, Alaska.

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