THE FACE OF THE ARCTIC by Richard Harrington


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A photographer's story of his years in the land of the Hudson's Bay Company and ""the people""- the Eskimos, and cold. With much feeling for the Eskimo way of life which incoming ""white people"" with more civilized pretensions have attached with righteous benevolence on moral and practical levels, the author tells of the conflict between the two groups. Missionaries and officials assail the practices of adultery, which is just sharing to the generous Eskimo, the system of adoption in which the child belongs to the group as well as to its parents. Yet the Hudson's Bay Company provides a lifeline to the people, through which they exchange their furs for necessities. Without the caribou whence cometh all tings, especially food for the huskies, famine strikes and the Mounties- registering the people for family allowances- step in... This is a personal record as well as one of a people for whom an old way is dying, and for whom there may be no new one- illustrated with the author's own photographic work.

Publisher: Henry Schuman