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Steller's Island: Adventures of a Pioneer Naturalist in Alaska

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In 1741, a Russian expedition ship captained by Vitus Bering carried the first scientist to set foot anywhere on the western half of North America. Georg Steller would introduce the world to the staggering wealth and diversity of life of the North Pacific, providing the first European accounts of the sea otter, sea lion, northern fur seal, native Chugach people, and more. Steller's Island is a fascinating tale of the rewards and perils of exploration in this era. It is about the courage of scientific curiosity, even in uncharted waters, alien lands, and desperate circumstances, including storms, scurvy, and shipwreck.

Steller traveled deep into the wild with little on his back. In the one day Bering permitted him to explore Kayak Island along the southern Alaskan coast, he catalogued more than one hundred previously unknown plants. He was the only European naturalist to see the spectacled cormorant alive and his is our one and only account of the now extinct Steller's sea cow. In accounts of the Chugach and Aleut people, Steller was the first scientist to hypothesize an Asian origin for Native Americans. The crew of the St. Peter credited him with their lives: His novel prescription of wild greens cured their scurvy, and his knowledge of sea mammals and Native hunting techniques meant food for the starving.

  • Introduces a naturalist and explorer who predated Lewis and Clark and John Muir
  • Examines the historical legacy of the man whose name graces the Steller's jay, Steller sea lion, Steller's eider, and more
  • Places Steller's journey in context for today, following the impact of his discoveries to the present

Review:

"Makes the Lewis Clark Expedition more than 60 years later sound like a trip to the shopping mall." Oregonian

Review:

"Hikers, historians, and conservationists will appreciate Littlepage's well-researched, thought-provoking narrative." Wilderness Medicine

Review:

"Littlepage provides a gripping and vivid account of the struggles the surviving crewmen endured." Fairbanks Daily News

Book News Annotation:

In 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller became the first European naturalist to set foot in the western half of the North American continent, while accompanying the Russian explorer Vitus Bering on his Alaskan expeditions. Littlepage (former special exhibits curator, Anchorage Museum of History and Art) offers an account of Steller's activities in Alaska, including his documenting of numerous species previously unknown to Europeans (many of which bear Steller's name today), his proposal of Asian origin for the indigenous inhabitants of the area, and his ability point the ships' crews towards sources of food and cures for scurvy in an unfamiliar environment.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller became the first European naturalist to set foot in the western half of the North American continent, while accompanying the Russian explorer Vitus Bering on his Alaskan expeditions. Littlepage (former special exhibits curator, Anchorage Museum of History and Art) offers an account of Steller's activities in Alaska, including his documenting of numerous species previously unknown to Europeans (many of which bear Steller's name today), his proposal of Asian origin for the indigenous inhabitants of the area, and his ability point the ships' crews towards sources of food and cures for scurvy in an unfamiliar environment. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Dean Littlepage, former manager of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, has hiked, maintained, built, planned, and written about trails for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594850578
Author:
Littlepage, Dean
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Naturalists
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
Natural history -- Alaska.
Subject:
Alaska Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Biography-Gardeners and Naturalists
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
237
Dimensions:
9.00x6.08x.73 in. .81 lbs.

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Product details 237 pages Mountaineers Books - English 9781594850578 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Makes the Lewis Clark Expedition more than 60 years later sound like a trip to the shopping mall."
"Review" by , "Hikers, historians, and conservationists will appreciate Littlepage's well-researched, thought-provoking narrative."
"Review" by , "Littlepage provides a gripping and vivid account of the struggles the surviving crewmen endured."
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