Synopses & Reviews
Arctic historian Kenn Harper gathers the best of his columns about Inuit history in this exciting collection. Harper shares the life histories of several Inuit living in precontact times, pulling back the curtain on the harsh and at times politically fraught conditions with which they had to contend. The result of extensive interviews, research, and travel across the Arctic, these amazing, short life histories are tales of survival, struggles against adversity, and triumph, and provide readers with a detailed understanding of each persons specific time and place.
“Harper . . . has done his homework well in ferreting out this forgotten episode. . . . A moving account of science devastatingly and thoughtlessly misapplied, one of the countless tragedies visited on Native America.” —Kirkus Reviews, on the author's previous book, Give Me My Father's Body
“A startling success.” —Boston Globe, on the author's previous book, Give Me My Father's Body
About the Author
Kenn Harper is a columnist for Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is the author of Give Me My Fathers Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo. A resident of the Canadian Arctic for 30 years, Harper is fluent in Inuktitut and has written extensively on northern history and the Inuktitut language. He lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut.