Muskox Land: Ellesmere Island in the Age of Contact

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Critical forces of culture and nature collide in this comprehensive history of Ellesmere Island in the age of contact. Surveying the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, author Lyle Dick presents an impressive treatment of European-Inuit contact in the High Arctic (the area of what is now the Quttinirpaaq National Park) while considering the roles of the natural environment and cultures as factors in human history. As he charts the dynamic interplay between change and continuity in this forbidden land, Dick...
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Overview


Critical forces of culture and nature collide in this comprehensive history of Ellesmere Island in the age of contact. Surveying the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, author Lyle Dick presents an impressive treatment of European-Inuit contact in the High Arctic (the area of what is now the Quttinirpaaq National Park) while considering the roles of the natural environment and cultures as factors in human history. As he charts the dynamic interplay between change and continuity in this forbidden land, Dick unravels the complexities of cultural exchange and human relationships to the Arctic landscape. Muskox Land provides a meticulously researched and richly illustrated treatment of Canada’s High Arctic as it interweaves insights from historiography, Native studies, ecology, anthropology, and polar exploration.
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"There is no other work which delves with such depths into this subject…. This book is a must for anyone who has ever visited or worked in the Eastern High Arctic." - Richard Riewe, Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552380505
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Series: Parks and Heritage Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 631
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Lyle Dick lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he is currently the West Coast Historian for Parks Canadas Western Canada Service Centre. He has written, researched and published extensively in the fields of Arctic history, western Canadian history and historiography. Lyle Dick has also received numerous awards for endeavours and accomplishments in his chosen fields.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Note on Orthography and Terminology
Introduction
Pt. 1 Continuities: The Natural Environment, Culture, and Human History 1
1 Geography and Climatic History of Ellesmere Island 7
2 High Arctic Ecosystems and Human History 31
3 Inughuit Culture in the High Arctic, 1800-1900 61
4 The Inuit on Ellesmere Island and Exchanges with the Inughuit in the Nineteenth Century 99
5 European Cultures in the High Arctic, 1818-1940 115
Pt. 2 Circumstance: History of Events on Ellesmere Island, 1818-1940 149
6 Early Exploration of the High Arctic by Europeans, 1818-90 153
7 "Mine at Last": Robert E. Peary's Polar Expeditions, 1890-1909 221
8 Assertion of Canadian Sovereignty over the High Arctic, 1895-1940 267
9 Adventurers, Big-Game Hunters, and Scientists on Ellesmere Island, 1934-40 307
Pt. 3 Change: The Interplay of Cultures and the Environment, 1818-1940 329
10 Material and Technological Adaptations of the Contact Era 333
11 Intercultural Relations in the Contact Era 365
12 Cultural Contact and High Arctic Ecology, 1818-1940 399
Pt. 4 Circumstance, Change, and Continuity: Inuit on Ellesmere Island, 1951-2000 421
13 Circumstance: Relocations of the Inuit to the High Arctic, 1951-2000 425
14 Change: Adaptation to New Natural and Cultural Environments, 1951-2000 441
15 Continuity Reasserted: Inuit, the Seasons, and the Land, 1951-2000 465
Conclusion: Ellesmere Island and the Times of History 481
Colour Photographs 493
Notes 503
Bibliography 573
Index 601
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