New PDF release: Dawn in Arctic Alaska

By Diamond Jenness

ISBN-10: 0816663149

ISBN-13: 9780816663149

"The Karluk had disappeared. even if the vessel had freed itself from the ice and steamed eastward, or no matter if, nonetheless imprisoned, it were carried by means of the ice westward, lets now not be aware of. at the least it used to be long gone, leaving our looking get together of six males marooned on a sandy islet surrounded by way of skinny ice and open water. The wind eventually died away, within the calm air the water quickly iced up all over again, and on September 30 we crossed with our sleds to the mainland."

In 1913 a tender ethnologist from New Zealand boarded a boat for the Arctic, starting a private trip that used to be to make Diamond Jenness one of many 20th century's ultimate gurus on Alaskan Eskimos. Jenness have been requested to hitch the Stefansson excursion, and his professional tasks have been to gather ethnographic information at the Eskimos—their tradition, expertise, faith, and social association. His account of the day trip used to be released as People of the Twilight in 1928, yet Jenness additionally saved a diary of his 3 years one of the Eskimos. He was once ultimately persuaded to put up it as Dawn in Arctic Alaska.

Predating the style of non-public ethnographies that has develop into so well known and critical at the present time, Jenness's stories combination his prepared observations of the Arctic and its individuals with his personal reflections and sensory reports. He expresses nice adimiration for the customs and personality of the Eskimos and nice remorse and unhappiness over the destruction in their lifeway via touch with white men.

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Arksiatark and slipped out of the door like a squirrel. As soon as she had disappeared Mrs. Arlook turned to her own daughter and said: "Run out and play now, little Imeroon. " Then, happy at the success of her strategy, she resumed her seat on the floor, gripped between her legs the hide that Cookpuck had been dressing, and, pulling it taut with her left hand, vigorously attacked it with the iron-headed scraper she held in her right. The episode ended there, but the tension remained unrelieved, 54 Cookpuck the patient Arlook's screw driver for neither in the Arctic nor elsewhere can human beings ever transform themselves into ants and submerge their individualities in a general group consciousness.

27 D U R I N G the fifteen days that we had lingered at Barrow the coast to the eastward had become a veritable hive of activity, for the trapping season was less than three weeks away and it behoved every man to pre-empt a trapping ground and set his traps in position before the opening day. Most of the Eskimos simply resumed possession of the cabins they had built or occupied the winter before; but there were a few who, dissatisfied with their luck the previous season, wanted to try out new districts and new neighbors, even if it involved the building of new homes.

In Barrow itself I had noticed three or four children who were obviously part white, not counting those of Brower himself and of his white cook Hobson; and here in the little settlement near Cape Halkett two young married women seemed also to be of mixed blood, judging from the pale skin and fair hair of the one, and the slender face and wavy hair of the other. Yet it was not easy to estimate the amount of white mixture that had taken place in this region, because the Eskimos are themselves rather lightskinned, especially in winter after they lose their summer tan.

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