In 1896, three survivors from a whaling misadventure are nursed back to health by Eskimo villagers who share their food, women, and way of life with the strangers. In return, the foreigners introduce to the villagers the spirit of competitiveness that rules the white man's world. Map and drawings by the Author.
About the Author
JAMES HOUSTON, Canadian author and artist, made his first journey to the Canadian Arctic in 1948 in search of a new land to paint. There he found a warm, friendly people living in a vast, cold, and hauntingly beautiful world. He lived with the Inuit and Indian people in the Arctic for twelve years and grew to understand them and their way of life. He has since traveled widely in the Arctic region, from Iceland to Alaska, as well as in Scandinavia, Russia, Mexico, and Europe. Mr. Houston is the award-winning author and illustrator of many successful children's books that vividly portray the striking landscape of the Arctic and its strong and independent people.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When 3 whalers are shipwrecked in the Arctic in the mid 1800's they are rescued by Inuit people. The Inuit struggle to understand the very odd behavior of the three who don't know the first thing about how to survive and thrive in the harsh environment of the Arctic. Most culture class stories are told from the point of view of the Westerners. Westerners usually see themselves as culturally superior to other peoples. The power of this story is that it's told from the point of view of the Inuit. This way, it's easy to see just how toxic Western cultural norms can be to indigenous people living a balanced and healthy life. This gripping story is funny, sexy, insightful, tragic and compelling. A must read. If you've ever wondered how indigenous people might view arrogant, insensitive Westerners, this will open a window.